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What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know- Ages 10-12 years old

Start time/date: May  17, 2014 9:30 AM
End time/date: May  17, 2014 12:00 PM
Place: Pact, an adoption alliance
5515 Doyle Street Suite 1, Emeryville CA 94608

What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know

Ages 10-12 years old

 Adult Only Workshop ( no childcare available)

A tweens job is to figure out who he or she is in the world. The tween years, which can start as young as nine or ten, have often been compared with the preschool years because of the dramatic changes that occur during the move to greater independence. Tweens develop a new ability to be introspective and analytical and often embrace new views of the world, some of which may be challenging to their parents. Emotionally, they are getting messages from media and often peers, that they should begin to separate from their family but most of them are not really ready to do so. This often raises raise adoption, genetic, racial and heritage issues/questions that they will begin to explore on deeper level than hever before. A parent’s most difficult task is to create a delicate balance of helping their tweens feel safe and connected while they explore their newly forming individual identity.



  • Pushing towards independence – staying safe and connected
  • Discipline and consequences
  • Executive functioning – middle school changes
  • Challenging behaviors – trying on new identities
  • Sexuality & puberty – new awareness, new conversations
  • Small groups:
    • Managing anger & moods – feelings or behaviors?
    • School challenges
    • AdopTalk – facts & myths, it’s personal
    • Breaking the racial sound barrier – I want to be a regular kid


Beth Hall is the white adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son (both now young adults), and grew up with an adopted sister. She co-founded Pact in 1991 to combat the discrimination she witnessed against adopted children of color and their birth families. Since that time, she has facilitated the placement of over 1000 infants of color into strong, loving homes. She is the co-author, with Gail Steinberg, of the book Inside Transracial Adoption, as well as numerous articles on adoption and race. She is a nationally known advocate for adopted children of color who regularly lectures and leads workshops on ethical, non-racist adoption practices. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award from the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University.

Pricing Description:

$50/per person

At door registration $65/ per person

Pact members receive a 15% discount to workshop registrations

Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.

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