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What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know- Ages 13-17 years old

Start time/date: Nov  15, 2014 9:30 AM
End time/date: Nov  15, 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 13-17 years old

  Limited Space Available, Register Today!


We will explore some of the underlying issues that adoption and racial identity formation add to the mix of the issues teens and their parents are handling, including general identity formation, adoption identity and racial identity. Helping your teen become an adult is more about supporting them as they make the choices in front of them than laying down the law. If communication lines are open you will get to be part of their decision making process. Otherwise you might be left to find out something truly important only when it is “too late.” How can parents be firm, deliberately laying out their needs, requests and requirements, while maintaining a positive connection to their child? Teens are deeply susceptible to low self-esteem and criticism; parents of teens must find ways to bolster themselves up in the face of the often challenging reactions their teens have in the face of their fears and frustrations. A parent’s most difficult task is to create a delicate balance of  “to love and let go” as their children work toward creating their own individual identity.

 This workshop is for adults only.


  • Pushing towards (or away from) independence – staying safe and connected
  • Discipline and consequences
  • Life goals and directions
  • Sexuality & puberty – new awareness, new conversations
  • Small groups:
    • Challenging behaviors – sex, drugs and adoption, are they related?
    • School challenges
    • AdopTalk – completing the story, birth parents(?)
    • Breaking the racial sound barrier - racial politics

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.


Additional Opportuniy

We are offering parents of tween/teen club members the additional opportunity to discuss with Kenny Moore, Tween/Teen club youth leader, and Beth Hall, Director of Pact, the particular ways race intersects with adolescence and adoption. Kenny will give his insight into the interactions and experiences he has had working with Pact youth; Beth will share her experience as the white adoptive mother of two adults of color.

This will be a lunch-time discussion following the above mentioned workshop. Please bring a paper bag lunch, or there is a café down the street where you can purchase food.

Pricing Description:

 $50.00 / per person

At door registration $75/ per person

Continued Discussion $25.00/ 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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