Pact Family Adoption Camp

Join us for our annual Pact Family Camp East. Dates/Location will be announced soon, registration will open January 1, 2019.

By popular demand, Pact Family Camp has expanded! Join other adoptive families for our 3rd annual Pact Family Camp East! Families with adopted children of color assemble for this five-day residential experience to have fun, build community, and learn together as part of Pact’s child-centered, race-conscious, honesty-based approach to adoption, race and family.

Pact Family Camp East, is a six-day/five-night event that brings together families with adopted children of color from across the country to share experiences, learn from experts, and build community. All of the camp counselors and most of the featured speakers are people of color, and most have a personal connection to adoption. In recent years Pact Family Camp has expanded welcoming birth/first parents and adult adoptees of color, which has greatly enriched the experience for all participants.

We expect approximately 100 families, including extended family members as well as birth/first family members and adopted adults and foster care alums.

Pact staff will be on site to make sure camp goes smoothly, including Pact Executive Director Beth Hall. Deanna Matthews will be back for her 9th year as Camp Director, and many of the counselors will be returning as well. You can count on this highly experienced team to deliver a well-organized and thoughtfully-developed program!

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New Camp Families:

So many first-time campers have told us that coming to Pact Family Camp is a life-changing experience! We are committed to making sure that new families have this experience every year. We hold 30 spaces for first-time campers who receive a $250 discount on registration fees.

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Adoptive Parents of Color at Pact Family Camp

Much of Pact’s year-round work focuses on adoptive parents of color and their children because in the world of adoption they remain an underserved constituency. We are very intentional in our efforts to make sure that Pact Family Camp, like all the work Pact does, serves the needs of parents of color and their children. We hold 35 spaces for families headed by adoptive parent(s) of color who receive a $250 discount on registration fees. Click here to learn more.

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We strive to make Pact Family Camp as accessible as possible to all families. Approximately 40% of the families at Pact Family Camp receive subsidies from our scholarship fund, paid for by donations and grants. In 2018, low-income families paid as little as $100 per family member to attend. Awards are determined by reviewing each family’s resources. Priority is given to those who apply by December 1st . To apply, complete and return the scholarship application.

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"There's a moment from Camp that will forever be etched in my mind….It was opening night, we were first timers. All the kids were sitting on the floor up front with their counselors. They were asked to stand and be recognized if they were adopted. As a beautiful sea of adopted children jumped to their feet, my 5-year-old son….turned and waved wildly to us making sure we saw him. The smile on his face was beyond description. It said, ‘Look Mommy and Momma, they all look like me and their families look like ours!’….That smile never left his face the entire week and comes back every time he talks about Pact Camp."

– Jill, Philadelphia

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"I walked into camp thinking how great it would be for our kids and believing I knew what I needed to know and love was really all that was needed. I left camp knowing it was essential for my kids and thinking about how much I didn't know but believing that love would give me the strength for the journey to learn it."

– First Time Attendee from the Northeast

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"It is invigorating to be with families that look like ours, and equally empowering to be simultaneously supported and challenged to look deeply at the critical role of race and birth families in the adoption experience. Beyond the adult education, the program and mentoring approach available to our son and the other young adoptees has been priceless. We believe Pact to be the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to ethical adoption education for parents, adoptees and birth parents….Knowing what we know now, we would never want to be adoptive parents (especially white parents of a child of color) without having had this invaluable guidance and our lives are better for it."

– Kathryn, Northern Virginia

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