A Support Network for Adoptive Parents of Color and their Families

Unlike many other adoption organizations, Pact places adoptive parents of color at the center of what we do. In 90% of our infant placements, at least one adoptive parent shares the same race as the child.

We know the needs of adoptive families don’t end with placement; we are here for you throughout the lifelong journey of adoption. Research shows that when we ignore the impact of early childhood trauma—like the loss of a family—on healthy development, the results can be painful, as evidenced by the over-representation of foster/adopted people in prison/mental health systems. Giving adopted/fostered children and youth a safe place to explore their ambivalent feelings and helping them to secure a strong sense of personal, family, and racial identification can effectively counteract these trends. Pact has a powerful model for doing just that.

Sign up today to become part of Pact’s Adoptive Parents of Color Circle and join other adoptive parents of color and their families to create community and a sense of belonging for your children and yourself! (Membership is free and open to all adoptive parents of color and their parenting partners.) For additional Pact membership benefits, you can choose to join Pact at any time.)

See below for ways you can get involved, online or in person. You can also email us at APOC@pactadopt.org with questions or to share your ideas about how we can serve the community even better.

Online Affinity Groups

Family Gatherings

Other Resources


Online Affinity Group for Adoptive Parents of Color (only)

This group is for adoptive (and pre-adoptive) parents of color exclusively. Those of us who share with our adopted children the experience of being a person of color can join this community for discussion and support around raising strong, happy children of color. This is a chance for you to exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others who share your experience and understand your family. Members of this group are parenting children who share their own race; the discussion does not include advice about parenting across racial lines.

Register to join this group »

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Online Affinity Group for Adoptive Parents of Color (and their parenting partners)

This group is for adoptive (and pre-adoptive) parents of color and their parenting partners of any race. Adoptive parents in families where at least one parent is a person of color can join this multiracial community for discussion and support around parenting issues related to adoption and race. Adoptive parents of color are welcome to join this group and/or the group described above. In this group, parents of different races are negotiating relationships with both adults and children in the family who may or may not share their own racial identity.

Register to join this group »

About Online Affinity Groups: You are welcome to join more than one group. Pact staff members monitor but generally do not participate in parents' online discussions (except as parents themselves) unless comments are made that are inflammatory or violate Pact's principles (see Pact's Overview & Mission).

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Northern California Gatherings

Join other adoptive parents of color in a variety of informal and structured situations creates a safe space where we can talk together about the issues our families are facing and learn new methods to handle the unique issues coming up for our children. When we have a supportive environment in which to share experiences, stories and emotions come pouring out and new strategies for supporting our children are shared. Sign up for the Adoptive Parents of Color Circle to receive notifications of upcoming events!

Check out our event calendar for information on upcoming events.

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Other Regions (start a chapter in your area)

If you're interested in creating a chapter of the Adoptive Parents of Color Circle outside the Bay Area, please contact us.

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Yes, We Do Adopt (coming soon)

There is a myth that people of color are not adopting. We want to challenge this notion with a campaign that shares the stories of adoptive families headed by people of color. Through photographs and personal narratives, “Yes, We Do Adopt” will bring to light the true diversity of the adoption community. By making members of our community visible, we hope to inspire more support for people of color who are adoptive parents. Sign up for the Adoptive Parents of Color Circle to learn how you and your family can be a part of this project!


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