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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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Webinar, CA

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

WEBINAR: Transracial Adoption for Parents of Color

Transracial adoption for parents of color is becoming more common in the adoption community. This webinar is applicable to pre-adoptive and post-adoptive parents of color parenting across race and professionals working with this population.

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: Creating Your Own Dear Expectant 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. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive parents.

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: Helping White Families Consider, Understand and Prepare for Transracial Adoption

Transracially adopting parents (parents adopting across racial lines) are better prepared to be successful if they are educated in advance about race, racism and how these issues will play out in the context of a family in which children and parents do not share the same racial identity. This workshop will utilize Pact’s federally funded self-assessment tool, Below the Surface, that supports families to assess where they stand by calculating their own Transracial Adoption Suitability Index. Appropriate for both white parents considering transracial adoption or early in their transracial parenting journey as well as professionals working with them. 

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: Trauma Informed Parenting: When Point Plans Don’t Work

The most well-intended therapists can miss the mark if they stick too closely to traditional behavioral management strategies with children who have trauma and/or adoption histories. We will discuss children with trauma histories and/or attachment disruptions, differing brain and body chemistry and sensory integration issues. This webinar is applicable to adoptive parents and professionals.

Webinar, CA

Start: Mar 21, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Mar 21, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Do You Know Your REAL Parents? – 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.

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: Sibling Connections in Adoption: What We Know and What We Can Learn from Children

In adoption, there can be many different types of sibling relationships, all of which can have importance for the adoptee. Adoptive parents and adoption professionals need to be aware of different ways they can support sibling connections and help the adoptee manage both feelings and relationship challenges. Join world-renowned researcher Ruth McRoy to improve your understanding and learn strategies for supporting adoptee sibling relationships. This workshop is appropriate for pre-adoptive parents, adoptive parents, birth/first parents and adoption professionals.

Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 11, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Apr 11, 2018 1:00 PM

Webinar: Adoption through the Lifespan - CEUs

Recent studies indicate that Master’s level therapists and social workers rarely receive any formal education, training or supervision on how to best engage, assess, support and treat members of the adoption and foster care triads – adopted/fostered people, adoptive/foster parents and birth/first parents. This two hour introductory CEU course will provide social workers, therapists and other helping professionals with tools and best practices to use when providing clinical and/or social work services to all members of the adoption triad. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with all members of the adoption and foster care triads.

Webinar, CA

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

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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.

Webinar, CA

Start: May 9, 2018 11:00 AM
End: May 9, 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.

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.

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.

Tahoe City, CA

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

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.

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 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 and current research has shown openness is best for adoptees. Are you ready to consider it? How do you know if it will be good for your child? Learn about search options and the steps you can take to open your child’s adoption. This webinar is appropriate for foster 

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.

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.

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. 

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: 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.

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