Regional support groups are organized and led by adoptive parents who are Pact members. These groups allow adopted children of color to meet and play with other children with similar experiences and family structures, while their parents discuss issues and exchange information.


New Jersey

Montclair-Bloomfield Area Adoptive Families with African American Children

A small group (so far!) of families who have adopted African American children are gathering in Montclair for social and educational support as they work to support their children's development of healthy identity and self-esteem while the parents explore and discuss issues and challenges. Monthly meetings in family homes and private internet discussion group.

Register to receive email updates of upcoming meetings.

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New York

Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and Their Friends

AFCAF/NY is a New York City parent-run group of adoptive transracial families and their friends and allies, which will begin its activities in 2011. Most of our families consist of white parents with children adopted from the African American community and from the African diaspora outside the US. Their friends and allies are black adult adoptees, black adoptive families, and supportive members of the black community. Our families have all different shapes and forms: they can be "traditional," single parent, gay, lesbian, transgender families and they can be blended. We honor the first parents as lifegivers to our children. And if at all possible, our families have open relationships with them.

Register to receive email updates of upcoming meetings.

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North Carolina

Transracial Families of the NC Triangle

This group is a collection of families parenting transracially through foster care and adoption in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide a support and educational network for transracial families - both for the parents and for transracially adopted and fostered children. This includes supporting the families through the unique challenges of transracial parenting and nurturing the children's positive racial identity by education and celebration of racial heritage and cultural diversity. They hold monthly meetings, usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Register to receive email updates of upcoming meetings.

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Start Your Own Regional Family Group!

We are always interested in providing support to adopted children of color and their families, wherever they live in the United States. Pact members who are interested in having their existing support group becoming a Pact affiliate, or in starting a new group, please contact us with information about your group's mission, goals, and meetings or communication plans. In order to become an affiliate the group must be led by a current Pact member who agrees to ensure that the group embraces people of color as members, welcomes new members, and acknowledges adoption as a lifelong process. Affiliate groups also agree not to schedule programs in direct conflict with other Pact events in their geographical area (where applicable) nor in conflict with Pact Family Camp.

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