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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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Location/Date Description
Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: What to Expect at the Hospital

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 on what to expect at the hospital when a child is being placed for adoption. This workshop is relevant for pre-adoptive parents.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Apr 29, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Apr 29, 2018 2:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Family Gathering

Hey Kaleidoscope Families! Bring your lunch and come enjoy a day at the park with other adopted children of color and their families! Look for the Kaleidoscope sign near the Castle Play Area. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 1, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 1, 2018 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. 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: May 8, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 8, 2018 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. Group members will be able to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption, both private and through the child welfare system. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around open adoptions, closed adoptions, recent reunions, same-race adoption, transracial adoption, termination of parental rights, and other topics as decided by the group.

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 9, 2018 11:00 AM
End: May 9, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Adoption Microaggressions

Myths, fairy tales, films, books, and everyday communication contain images and stories of orphans and adoptees that convey societal discomfort and judgment about adoption (i.e., adoption stigma). Join Dr. Amanda Baden as she presents a new framework for conceptualizing the oppression experienced by birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees called adoption microaggressions. This workshop is appropriate for all members of the adoption and foster care triads and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 14, 2018 7:00 PM
End: July 16, 2018 9:00 PM

Beyond Childhood

A Pact support group for parents of adult adoptee who are struggling with a focus on self-care and parental strategies. 

Webinar, CA

Start: May 23, 2018 11:00 AM
End: May 23, 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? 

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: June 13, 2018 11:00 AM
End: June 13, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Attachment for Babies & Toddlers

Parents often worry about how attachment works—especially in adoption. Adoptive parents need to understand how their personal experiences and their child-to-be’s prior losses and possible traumas can affect attachment. This webinar will explore practical ways to prepare for adopting and creating an environment for their coming child which will nurture his or her ability to fully attach to them. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive parents and recent adoptive parents as well as adoption professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Start: June 16, 2018 2:00 PM
End: June 16, 2018 5:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Pre-Camp Juneteenth Celebration

Come enjoy a Juneteenth Celebration with the Kaleidoscope community!

San Francisco, CA

Start: June 22, 2018 7:15 PM
End: June 22, 2018 10:15 PM

7th Anual Adoptee Night 2018

***SAVE THE DATE: Please Join Us-6th Annual Adoptee Night @ AT&T Park.***

 

Webinar, CA

Start: June 27, 2018 11:00 AM
End: June 27, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Living Open Adoption: Practical Guidance for Making It Work

Open adoption was created as an alternative to the challenges of closed adoption. But many adoptive parents find new challenges inherent to an open relationship with birth family. With three simple shifts, you will be able to develop a new mindset and strategy to guide you in your open adoption parenting. Practical tips and examples will be offered. This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post- adoptive parents living in or planning open adoption as well as adoption professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 3, 2018 2:00 PM
End: July 8, 2018 2:00 PM

Online Registration Closed

Pact Family Camp West

SOLD OUT- 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: July 11, 2018 11:00 AM
End: July 11, 2018 12:30 PM

Using Myth and Archetype to Cultivate Insight and Integrate Self for Adult Adoptees

Adult adoptees have decades of practice at internalizing and identifying with the adoptee label. The practice of working with the depth psychological tools of myths and archetypes can provide an adult adoptee with the opportunity to externalize the adoptee narrative, and recognize patterns and feelings as separate from the self. Recognition of these stories and patterns leads to greater understanding, and a more whole sense of self. This workshop is appropriate for adult adoptees and professionals.

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Stowe, VT

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

Pact Family Camp East

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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!

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.

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: Adoption It’s Complicated Training

Does your organization provide counseling to women facing unplanned pregnancies? Do you feel confident about how to support women and families considering an adoption plan? Or those whose children have already been placed into adoption or foster care? 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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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: 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. 

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: What Adoptees Need from Placement, Postplacement & Clinical Professionals - CEUs

Adoptees have unique experiences that impact the kind of case management, counseling and therapeutic services that are effective when working with them. In many cases, given that social workers and clinicians are rarely offered specific education or training, the services offered are in fact harmful to adopted people. Utilizing knowledge based on research and lived experience, learn how to offer services that help this unique population. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with adopted youth, adults and their families.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Tahoe City, CA

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

Online Registration Closed

Pact Family Camp West

SAVE THE DATE!

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