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An adoptive family If parents wait for their children to be “old enough,” or “ready,” or to have a painful experience, before they start to talk with their kids about unfairness and bias, they will be too late. We are never old enough for it to be something that we know how to handle. As it is with most things that are hard, adults must handle their own feelings about racism before they are ready to help their children deal with it. Breaking the racial “sound barrier” is critical to providing children of color important survival tools to thrive in a world that is not color-blind and where racism still exists.

Pact is nationally recognized for its position as an anti-racist organization; this commitment is reflected in every service we offer. For prospective adoptive parents, we offer pre-placement consultations and placement services that start from the assumption that racism exists and that parents adopting children of color must be prepared to address racism directly in order to meet their children’s needs. For prospective birth parents, we offer services that are respectful, non-judgmental, and pressure-free, because we believe no woman of color should receive lower-quality services than her white counterpart. The emphasis on acknowledging and fighting racism continues in our online chat groups, our educational workshops and conferences, our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, one-on-one consultations, and regional parent-organized affiliates in Northern California, Southern California, and throughout the U.S. Become a member of Pact to take advantage of all these resources and to receive our newsletter, Pact’s Point of View, which features many articles on intersection of adoption, race, and parenting. Pact members receive a discount at our online bookstore, which features great reads on this topic. We also recommend blogs and other online resources that we believe have the very best advice and information for adoptive families of children of color about adoption, race, and parenting.

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Discussing Race With Preschoolers

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Helping your Child Develop Positive Racial Identity

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Supporting Transracially Adopted Kids

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The Importance of Living in a Diverse Community

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Responding to Intrusive Questions from Strangers

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