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Transracial Adoption: Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

Start time/date: Oct  18, 2014 9:30 AM
End time/date: Oct  18, 2014 3:00 PM
Place: Emeryville Location
Details will be emailed, Emeryville CA 94608

Transracial Adoption: Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

No one can live in an environment "diverse enough" or "friendly enough" or "good enough" to protect children of color from the hurt of racism. Discrimination hurts everyone. To successfully support their children of color, all parents must take an honest look at their own blind spots and biases, in order to become effective anti-racist allies.

Young children's feelings usually emerge in their play or preferences for crayon colors ("black is a yucky color"), ice-cream flavors, or skin colors of dolls. As children grow, their understanding of adoption and sensitivity to the role played by race in our society changes. Learn to break the racial sound barrier in your family by modeling the belief that race matters and that as a family it is a topic and experience that can be mastered despite the different racial/ethnic identities between family members. Open communication is essential-and the importance of listening mindfully cannot be over-stated.

Hear from adult adoptees of color as they describe their personal experiences growing up with white parents and offer insights that will help current parents in thinking about strategies to address issues of race and adoption in the morning and from two experienced professionals about how children understand race and adoption in the afternoon.  Learn strategies that you can employ to help children navigate their world while building a proud, strong identity.

 Featured Speakers

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.


Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley. Throughout her training her studies were focused on child psychopathology and diversity issues. She was the Program Director of a mental health program, serving children as they entered into the Alameda county foster care system.  In addition she was a professor of Child Psychology at Palo Alto University and the director of Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Center for the Vulnerable Child.  She is now an adjunct professor at the Wright Institute and consultant to non-profits seeking to become trauma-informed and culturally accountable. Her research has focused on two different topics: trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how children understand race. 

Pricing Description:

 $75.00/ per person

At door registration $100/ per person

There will be a 1 hour lunch break.  There is a nearby café or you may bring a brown bag lunch.  Refreshments will be provided.

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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