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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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East Bay, CA

Start: Feb 13, 2016 2:00 PM
End: Feb 13, 2016 9:00 PM

Online Registration Closed

Tween & Teen Club

INDIVIDUAL MEETING REGISTRATION Join other adopted and fostered tweens & teens for a facilitated discussion about how adoption works and who decides what for adopted & fostered youth.

Start: Feb 17, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Feb 17, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Opening Your Child’s Adoption: Searching for Birth Family

Whether your child’s adoption involved initial contact with his or her first/birth parents or not, there are often ways to find first/birth family members. Are you ready to consider it? How do you know if it is good for you child?  Learn about search options.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Feb 20, 2016 5:00 PM
End: Feb 20, 2016 7:00 PM

Adoptive Parents of Color Circle Gathering

Join other adoptive parents of color and their families to create community and a sense of belonging for your children and yourself. RSVP REQUIRED

Start: Feb 24, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Feb 24, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Attachment for Babies and Toddlers

Learn how to promote secure attachment in your child. Attachment is particularly important for adopted and foster children because of the transitions they have had to make before arriving in their new family, whether that happens at birth or in toddlerhood.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Feb 27, 2016 1:00 AM
End: Feb 27, 2016 5:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Ripped from the Headlines: Talking with Children about Race in Transracial Adoptions

This workshop offers practical guidance for parents and professionals on how to make conversations about race a high priority, in the context of racism and its intersection with transracial adoption.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Mar 1, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Mar 1, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Start: Mar 9, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Mar 9, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Extended Family: International Search & Reunion

Family relations are rarely simple; when you adopt across borders and cultures, it can get even more complicated. View Jill Hodges’ short film about connecting to her Guatemalan son’s first family, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

East Bay, CA

Start: Mar 12, 2016 2:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2016 9:00 PM

Tween & Teen Club

INDIVIDUAL MEETING REGISTRATION Join other adopted and fostered tweens & teens for a facilitated discussion about how adoption works and who decides what for adopted & fostered youth.

Oakland, CA

Start: Mar 18, 2016 8:30 AM
End: Mar 18, 2016 3:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

California Adoption Conference-Professionals Only

California Adoption Conference (formerly known as Spring Training) Professional Training- Bringing cutting edge education to all members of the adoption and foster care constellation year after year.

Oakland, CA

Start: Mar 19, 2016 8:30 AM
End: Mar 19, 2016 4:30 PM


(on-site registration available)

California Adoption Conference

California Adoption Conference ( formerly known as Spring Training) bringing cutting edge education to all members of the adoption and foster constellation year after year. Open to all.

Start: Mar 28, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Mar 28, 2016 12:30 PM

Pact’s National Orientation Webinar

Join Pact''s Adoption Specialist, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Apr 4, 2016 7:00 PM
End: May 23, 2016 8:30 PM

Beyond Childhood — Parenting Adopted Adults of Color

Join Gail Steinberg, co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption, and mother to four adopted adults for an 8-session facilitated support and discussion group with other parents of adopted adults of color.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Apr 5, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Apr 5, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

East Bay, CA

Start: Apr 9, 2016 2:00 PM
End: Apr 9, 2016 4:00 PM

Exploring Intersections of Adoption, Family & Race

We would like to invite families with children ages 5 to 12 years old to join us for a day of a community with our teen club members. Concurrent parent programming will be held.

Start: Apr 13, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Apr 13, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: What is Going On: Interpreting Your Adopted Child’s Behavior

Parenting an adopted child is both the same as and incredibly different than parenting a child born to you. We will address specific parenting theories and their applicability to adoptive family life, focusing on positive methods for discipline that are effective.

Studio City, CA

Start: Apr 16, 2016 12:00 PM
End: Apr 16, 2016 3:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Kaleidoscope Family Gathering

Please join Kaleidoscope members and other families with adopted children of color in the park for a family gathering.

Start: Apr 27, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Apr 27, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adoption Preparation-Creating A Dear Expectant Letter

This webinar will guide adoptive parents through the process of creating their Dear Expectant Parent letter and profile. We will focus on specific points that are important to state to expectant/birth parents.

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 3, 2016 7:00 PM
End: May 3, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Start: May 11, 2016 11:00 AM
End: May 11, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Beyond the Triad: The Important Role of Extended Family in Adoption

Extended family members—grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins—are an important piece of the adoption constellation. Join us for a discussion of how to help your extended family prepare to welcome an adopted child into the family, and how they can build strong, positive relationships that will make a big difference in your child’s life.

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 17, 2016 6:30 PM
End: May 17, 2016 8:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Family of Color Adoption Orientation

Join Pact''s Adoption Specialist, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 21, 2016 5:00 AM
End: May 21, 2016 7:00 PM

Adoptive Parents of Color Circle Gathering

Join other adoptive parents of color and their families to create community and a sense of belonging for your children and yourself.

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 7, 2016 7:00 PM
End: June 7, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Start: June 8, 2016 11:00 AM
End: June 8, 2016 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 children’s heads.

Berkeley, CA

Start: June 18, 2016 1:00 PM
End: June 18, 2016 3:00 PM

Adoptive Parents of Color Circle Meet Up

Join other adoptive parents of color and their families for a casual meet up at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Start: June 22, 2016 11:00 AM
End: June 22, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Deciding to Adopt a Child of Color

Learn more about adopting a child of color. This webinar will have specific information about Pact’s adoption process but is also useful for anyone who wants to better understand the options that are available to prospective adoptive parents today.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 3, 2016 2:00 PM
End: July 8, 2016 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp

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.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 3, 2016 2:00 PM
End: July 8, 2016 2:00 PM

Adult Adoptee/Foster Alum Camp with in a Camp

Adult Adoptee/Foster Alum of Color Camp with in a Camp provides safe spaces for adult adoptees to connect with one other in a safe supportive space to discuss topics of adoption, race and family.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 3, 2016 2:00 PM
End: July 8, 2016 2:00 PM

First/Birth Parent Camp with in a Camp

First/Birth Parent Camp with in a Camp provides safe spaces for first/birth parents to connect with one other in a safe supportive space to discuss topics of adoption, race and family.

 

Start: July 25, 2016 11:00 AM
End: July 25, 2016 12:30 PM

Pat''s National Orientation Webinar

Join Pact''s Adoption Specialist, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact.

Start: Aug 10, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Aug 10, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: A Developmental Approach to Transracial Adoption

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, parents must educate themselves about race and racism and how these issues play out in families where children and parents do not share the same racial identity. This workshop is designed to support you on that journey.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Aug 20, 2016 2:00 PM
End: Aug 20, 2016 4:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Kaleidoscope Family Gathering

Please join Kaleidoscope members and other families with adopted children of color at the beach for a family gathering.

Start: Aug 24, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Aug 24, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: What to Expect at the Hospital When Adopting

Hear practical and ethical advice about what to expect when pre-adopters have been matched with expectant parents, with a particular focus on how to behave at the hospital when a child is being placed for adoption.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Aug 27, 2016 12:00 AM
End: Aug 27, 2016 4:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Annual End Of Summer Gathering

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: Sept 14, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Sept 14, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adoptive Families Interacting with Schools & Teachers

Outside of home, children spend more time at school than anywhere else, in an environment that is not always responsive to adopted children and their families.  This workshop helps parents (and educators) figure out how best to support adopted children in the face of sometimes problematic assumptions and curriculum.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 20, 2016 6:30 PM
End: Sept 20, 2016 8:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Family of Color Adoption Orientation

Join Pact''s Adoption Specialist, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact.

Start: Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Oct 12, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: To Tell or Not to Tell? When Adopted Children Have Difficult Histories

Adoptive parents often worry about how to talk to their children about the difficult history that is part of their life story. We will discuss decision-making about whether and when to tell adopted people “the hard stuff” in their own history.

Start: Oct 26, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Oct 26, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Becoming an Adoptive Parent – Handling the Wait

The word “expectant” is commonly used to mean being pregnant, but pre-adoptive parents are also waiting expectantly for a child—a wait that can often feel unbearably long. Join us to get advice about how to manage the pre-adoptive wait.

Start: Nov 9, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Nov 9, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Birth/First Parent Voices

In conversations about adoption, the voices of birth/first parents are routinely silenced. Pact believes that that there is much that adoptive parents and professionals can learn from listening to them. We invite you to listen to several first/birth parents speak about their experiences—you (and your child) will be glad you did.

Start: Nov 28, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Nov 28, 2016 12:30 PM

Pact''s National Orientation Webinar

Join Pact''s Adoption Specialist, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact.

Start: Dec 14, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Dec 14, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adolescent Issues: Managing Risky Behaviors with Adopted Children

Adolescence is always a turbulent time, and it can be especially so for adopted and foster kids. We will explore risky behaviors that adopted youth sometimes engage in, and offer suggestions about how to stay connected to your children while trying to keep them safe and guide them toward less oppositional stances.

Start: Dec 21, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Dec 21, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Deciding to Adopt a Child of Color

Learn more about adopting a child of color. This webinar will have specific information about Pact’s adoption process but is also useful for anyone who wants to better understand the options that are available to prospective adoptive parents today.

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