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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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San Diego, CA

Start: Dec 11, 2016 11:30 AM
End: Dec 11, 2016 3:30 PM

Kaleidoscope- Cookie Tasting Party

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

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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Jan 3, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Jan 3, 2017 9:00 PM

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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Jan 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Jan 10, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Jan 11, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Jan 11, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Asian Adoptee Voices in Adoption

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. The voices of Asian adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured.

Start: Jan 25, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Jan 25, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Ripped from the Headlines: Talking with Transracially Adopted Children About Race

How can parents and other adults talk with children about race and racism, particularly in the context of current events and racialized challenges that appear in the media and conversations that surround all of us? This webinar offers practical guidance for parents and professionals on how to create and sustain developmentally appropriate conversations about race in the context of racism and its intersection with transracial adoption.

Start: Feb 5, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Feb 5, 2017 2:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Family Gathering

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

Emeryville, CA

Start: Feb 7, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Feb 7, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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: Feb 8, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Feb 8, 2017 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. Learn about search options and the steps you can take to open your child’s adoption. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive families, adoptive families and adoption professionals in domestic adoption.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Feb 14, 2017 7:00 AM
End: Feb 14, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Feb 22, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Feb 22, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Creating Your Dear Expectant Parent(s) Letter

This webinar will guide pre-adoptive parents through the process of creating their Dear Expectant Parent(s) letter and profile. We will focus on specific topics/points that are important to expectant/birth parents as they look at profiles.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Mar 7, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Mar 7, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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 8, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Mar 8, 2017 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?

Emeryville, CA

Start: Mar 14, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Mar 22, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Mar 22, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adoptees Speak: Film and Discussion Guide

Adoptees are the truest experts of their own experience. Watch and learn as adoptees, ages 10-17, speak about their experience and thoughts about race, first/birth families, adoption and more. The screening will be followed with discussion points and insights that can be used for discussions with children and parents when viewing the film. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents, and will be beneficial for teachers or other professionals who work with young adoptees.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Apr 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Apr 4, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Apr 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Apr 11, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Apr 12, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Apr 12, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: What to Expect at the Hospital in Domestic Adoption

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

Start: Apr 19, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Apr 19, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Is Open Adoption a Good Idea for Foster-Adoption?

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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 2, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 2, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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 6, 2017 11:00 AM
End: May 6, 2017 2:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Family Gathering

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

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 9, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 9, 2017 8:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: May 10, 2017 11:00 AM
End: May 10, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Introduction to Adoption Competency for Professionals – CEU Eligible

Mental health, social work and other helping professionals providing services to adoptive families and adopted children will learn clinically sound, research-based approaches and advocacy tools which take race into account, in order to best serve the adopted child. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with adopted youth and their adoptive families.

Start: May 24, 2017 11:00 AM
End: May 24, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Transracial Adoption for Parents of Color

Transracial adoption for parents of color is becoming more common in the adoption community. Hear directly from adoptive parents of color parenting across race on their experience of parenting their children not only as babies but as they grow older, including the steps they took to prepare themselves for transracial adoption and the continued work they do to support their child’s race and cultural heritage. This webinar is applicable to pre-adoptive and post-adoptive parents of color parenting across race and professionals working with this population.

Oakland, CA

Start: June 6, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 6, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 13, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: June 14, 2017 11:00 AM
End: June 14, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Transracial Adoption for Professionals – CEU Eligible

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.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 3, 2017 2:00 PM
End: July 8, 2017 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp West-New Parents of Color

Special Registration Link for Parents of color and their parenting partners who have NEVER attended Pact Family Camp before.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 3, 2017 2:00 PM
End: July 8, 2017 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp West

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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: July 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: July 4, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: July 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: July 11, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: July 19, 2017 11:00 AM
End: July 19, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Becoming a Family through Adoption

Promoting Attachment and Connection with a New Baby or Toddler

Attachment is often one of the issues that prospective adoptive parents worry most about. In this webinar with author/educator Pat Irwin Johnston (a member of a multi-generationally adoption-touched family) offers practical and reassuring education, information, and advice for understanding, preparing for and leading "the attachment dance" between yourself and your infant-to-toddler-aged child-to-be.

Reisterstown, MD

Start: July 31, 2017 2:00 PM
End: Aug 4, 2017 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp East- New Parents of Color

Special Registration Link for Parents of color and their parenting partners who have NEVER attended Pact Family Camp before.

Reisterstown, MD

Start: July 31, 2017 2:00 PM
End: Aug 4, 2017 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp East

By popular demand, Pact Family Camp has expanded to the East Coast.  Join other adoptive families with children of color for inaugural Pact Family Camp East in Reisterstown, MD. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: Aug 1, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Aug 1, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Aug 8, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Aug 8, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Aug 9, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Aug 9, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adoption…It’s Complicated! Raising Awareness for Service Providers

The only program of its kind, “Adoption…It’s Complicated!” draws on both first-hand, personal experiences, and the latest research, to help service providers discuss adoption with honesty, balance, and compassion. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with pregnant women, expectant parents, and first/birth parents.

Start: Aug 20, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Aug 20, 2017 2:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Family Gathering

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

Start: Aug 23, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Aug 23, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Latin-X Voices

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. The voices of Latin-X (Hispanic) adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 5, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Sept 5, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Sept 12, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Sept 13, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Sept 13, 2017 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.

Start: Sept 27, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Sept 27, 2017 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 3, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Oct 3, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Oct 10, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Oct 11, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Oct 11, 2017 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 may be 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 25, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Oct 25, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Racially Ambiguous, Biracial and Multiracial Identities Promotional Announcement

This workshop will give adoptive parents of all races tools to support the racially ambiguous, biracial and multiracial identities of their adopted children of color. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive and adoptive families.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 7, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Nov 7, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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: Nov 8, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Nov 8, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: First/Birth 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 pre-adoptive and adoptive families, adopted adults, and adoption professionals.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 14, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

Start: Nov 22, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Nov 22, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adolescent Issues: Managing Risky Behaviors and Parenting Challenges

with Adopted Teens of Color

Adolescence is always a turbulent time, and it can be especially so for adopted and foster kids. Worried about teen actions/choices like sexual activity? Substance use? Lying and aggression? Social anxiety, self-harm or isolation? We will explore risky behaviors that adopted youth sometimes exhibit and offer suggestions about how to stay connected to your child while trying to keep them safe and guide them toward less oppositional stances.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 5, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Dec 5, 2017 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptee 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: Dec 6, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Dec 6, 2017 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Clinical Competency with First/Birth Families – CEU Eligible

This course will orient professionals to the experiences and needs of first/birth parents who have voluntarily placed children for adoption, as well as their extended families, so as to provide effective, sensitive, adoption-competent services to them in private practice and agency settings. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with first/birth families.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: Dec 12, 2017 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Pact, An Adoption Alliance is offering a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for first/birth parents and their family members of color, or those who have placed children of color.

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