Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. In order to best serve children's needs, we provide not only adoption placement services but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their parents on issues of adoption and race.

Consultation

Consultations are available to help you decide whether or not adopting, and adopting a child of color, is the right choice for you. If you choose to build your family through adoption and become a Pact client, Pact will be available to you throughout the placement process and after you bring your child home. Whether or not you adopted through Pact, we offer parental coaching at all ages and stages, helping you navigate the issues that come up as your child develops. Both before and after placement, Pact offers specially designed assessments for parents adopting transracially (across racial lines) and/or transnationally, as well as a staff member dedicated to serving same-race adoptive parents of color and their parenting partners.

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Placement

Pact helps pre-adoptive parents yearning to adopt African American, Latino, Asian, Native American and multiracial children born anywhere in the United States. Pact recruits families who want to adopt children of color as their first choice. Most of our placements involve at least one adoptive parent who shares the racial or ethnic heritage of their child. When we work with white parents (or others) who want to adopt across racial lines, we begin with an educational process that provides a strong grounding in the way race and adoption intersect. Our placement services are offered on a steep sliding scale based on income, so that no qualified low- or middle-income families are barred from adopting due to prohibitive costs. All of our services are free to expectant parents.

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Education

Many organizations offer pre- and post-adoption trainings, but few if any delve as comprehensively as Pact into the intersections of adoption and race. In a supportive yet challenging way, we ask that prospective parents wrestle with questions of racial identity, white privilege, and racism as it applies to both children and adults. And as any parent can tell you, the need to learn and grow doesn't stop when your baby arrives. That's why Pact offers ongoing workshops on dealing with schools, talking to your children about adoption, the role of birth parents in the lives of adopted children, and always, race. The "jewel in the crown" of our education programs is our annual Pact Family Camp. Every summer this unique gathering provides adopted children of color and their families from all over the country a safe place where they can explore their feelings about adoption and race, build community, and alleviate the feelings of isolation many of them feel the rest of the year.

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Support

Creating safe spaces to have difficult conversations is critical to the youth and parents we serve. We offer online and peer-to-peer opportunities for parents to connect with one another to support growth and learning. We have special affinity groups for adoptive parents of color, LGBTQ parents, single parents, and parents of teens, as well as a Teen Club. We also support a number of regional groups.

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Community

Pact works not only to create community for adopted people and adoptive families, but to educate the community at large about issues related to adoption and race. In addition to speaking at conferences for adoptive parents and/or adoption professionals, Pact Director Beth Hall and other Pact staff members are available to speak to and work with educators and school staffs, as well as churches, community groups, and clubs. Pact has developed an adoption curriculum for teachers and other education professionals and is available to do in-service training with hospital and medical staff.

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