Pact Camp

Pact's educational programs have a nationwide reputation for excellence, particularly on the subject of adoption and race. We offer a broad range of learning opportunities led by Pact staff as well as other experts in the field. Programs range from single-session workshops to our weeklong Pact Family Camp. Whatever the format, you will find sensitive, experienced facilitators and a community of other adoptive parents who share your questions and concerns.

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Webinar, CA

Start: July 25, 2018 11:00 AM
End: July 25, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Culturally Relevant & Sensitive Adoption Language & Rituals

Words and rituals are important methods of human communication through which we tell our stories and underscore our values. Words not only convey facts, they also evoke feelings.Rituals are another form of human communication that send a powerful message of validation to those around us. Learn and understand the importance of culturally relevant and sensitive language and rituals in the context of adoption. This webinar is applicable to all members of the adoption constellation and adoption professionals.


Stowe, VT

Start: Aug 5, 2018 2:00 PM
End: Aug 10, 2018 2:00 PM

Online Registration Closed

Pact Family Camp East

REGISTRATION CLOSED Pact Family Camp is a weeklong summer retreat where adopted children of color and their families can share their experiences while learning from experts and each other. Many families have told us that their time at Camp offers them a community they can’t find anyplace else.

Webinar, CA

Start: Aug 22, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Aug 22, 2018 1:00 PM

Webinar: Transracial Adoption For Professionals - CEUs

This course will orient professionals to better evaluate and support pre-adoptive & adoptive families in transracial adoption, so as to provide effective, sensitive, adoption and race-competent services to them in private practice and agency settings. Licensed and license-eligible participants will increase their ability to assess, educate and support pre-adoptive families considering transracial adoption and families already parenting across race. Specific approaches about how to talk about race and how the race of the trainer impacts those discussions will be explored. This workshop is applicable to adoption professionals.


Emeryville, CA

Start: Aug 25, 2018 12:00 AM
End: Aug 25, 2018 4:00 PM

Pact Annual End of Summer Gathering 2018

What better way to end the summer than to gather with old friends and new members of the Pact family, along with some of our fabulous Pact Camp and Teen/Tween Club mentors and counselors.  This free event is a opportunity to invite friends and extended family to build community and connect with other families with adopted children of color.

Start: Aug 25, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Aug 25, 2018 2:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Beach Day

Bring your lunch and come enjoy a day at the beach with other adopted children of color and their families!

East Bay, CA

Start: Sept 8, 2018 1:00 PM
End: June 8, 2019 8:00 PM

Tween & In-Be-Tween Club (ages 10-12 & ages 12-14)

Tween, In-Be-Tween and Teen Club are social groups especially for adopted and fostered teens of color—although all adopted and or foster youth are invited to participate. 

Oakland, CA

Start: Sept 9, 2018 9:00 AM
End: Sept 9, 2018 5:00 PM

Pact @ Pride 2018

Pact would love to support a contingent of marchers and have a table at the Pride Celebration in Oakland on September 9th. Do you want to participate? Please register (it’s FREE!) to show your support for this event and Pact’s participation so we can create a unified presence during these tumultuous times for many, including LGBTQ adopters and their families. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Sept 12, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Sept 12, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Birth/First Parent Voices

Nationwide, the adoption discussion is too often missing the perspective of first/birth parent voices and instead dominated by the voices of adoptive parents. This bias masks the fact that every adoptee has two sets of parents, birth and adoptive. Hear from first parents to gain insight and understanding of their piece of the adoption experience. This webinar is appropriate for all members of the adoption triad and adoption professionals. 


East Bay, CA

Start: Sept 15, 2018 4:00 PM
End: Sept 15, 2018 9:00 PM

Teen Club & CIT Program

Pact''''s Year Round Club Includes 10 Monthly Meetings from Sept to June

Tween, In-Be-Tween and Teen Club are social groups especially for adopted and fostered teens of color—although all adopted and or foster youth are invited to participate. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Sept 26, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Sept 26, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Introducing the Adoption Conversation

Initiating conversations with children about being adopted can feel scary for parents who want to protect their children from feeling “less than.” Learn how to start conversations and introduce concepts without going over your child’s head. Topics will include: understanding how children understand & experience adoption, why the words we use matter, why beginning with a child’s birth makes sense, how to talk about first/birth parents and answering and anticipating children’s questions, whether they ask them or not. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive parents as well as adoptive parents with young children.


Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 10, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Oct 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Invisible Adoptions: Talking with Children About Adoption When Your Family “Matches”

Adoptive parents of color parenting children who look like them have choices about when and even whether or not to talk to their children about their adoption history. Sometimes parents worry that telling a child they are adopted will lead to feelings of insecurity or disconnectedness.  Get answers to your questions: When is the right time to tell? How do I start? Do adopted children need to know the painful parts of their story? This webinar is for adoptive parents of color and their parenting partners and is also applicable for adoption professionals working with families of color. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 24, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Oct 24, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: A Developmental Approach to Transracial Adoption (BCAC, voices of experience)

Are you planning a transracial adoption, or are you already parenting across racial lines? At Pact, we believe that in order for transracial adoption to successfully meet children’s needs, white parents must educate themselves about both race and racism as well as understanding white privilege and interrogating their own whiteness. We will explore how these issues play out in families where children and parents do not share the same racial identity. This workshop is designed for transracial adoptive parents as well as professionals working with these families.


San Francisco, CA

Start: Nov 3, 2018 9:00 AM
End: Nov 3, 2018 4:00 PM

Online Registration Closed

3rd Annual Adoptive Parents of Color Conference

Join us for Pact’s 3rd annual conference for adoptive and  foster parents of color ( and their families)

Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 14, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Nov 14, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: LGBTQ Adoptive Parents

In collaboration with Our Family Coalition this webinar will address the process and journey for LGBTQ families exploring adoption and/or foster care. What do you need to do to start the adoption or foster care process? What are some possible barriers you may face? How do you find an agency or professional that supports and advocates for LGBTQ families? 


Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 28, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Nov 28, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Foster Adopt & Birth Parents

When children are removed from their families because of perceived and/or actual safety issues, does the current research that open adoption is in the best interest of the child still apply? We will explore the complexities of open adoptions in the context of foster adoption, including concrete suggestions and lived experiences for how to make it work while keeping children and adults safe. This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post-placement foster and adoptive parents as well as adoption professionals.


Webinar, CA

Start: Dec 12, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Dec 12, 2018 1:00 PM

Webinar: Therapy with Adopted Adolescents of Color-CEU Eligible

Adolescence can be a challenging time for adoptees, many of whom are referred to therapy by well-meaning parents, teachers, school staff, etc. But therapists have often not received any sort of specialized training in adoption, racial identity, or the intersections of adoption and race, and may not be able to effectively meet their needs...or even unintentionally cause harm.


Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 2, 2019 2:00 PM
End: July 7, 2019 2:00 PM

Online Registration Closed

Pact Family Camp West


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