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Helping White Families Consider, Understand and Prepare for Transracial Adoption

Start time/date: Mar  28, 2018 11:00 AM
End time/date: Mar  28, 2018 12:30 PM
Place: Emeryville Location
Details will be emailed, Emeryville CA 94608

Helping White Families Consider, Understand and Prepare for Transracial Adoption

Transracially adopting parents (parents adopting across racial lines) are better prepared to be successful if they are educated in advance about race, racism and how these issues will play out in the context of a family in which children and parents do not share the same racial identity. We will explore how to offer realistic support to transracial foster and adoptive parents. Preparing others for a racialized life begins with honesty about your own navigation of your personal racial landscape. This workshop will utilize Pact’s federally funded self-assessment tool, Below the Surface, that supports families to assess where they stand by calculating their own Transracial Adoption Suitability Index. Appropriate for both parents considering transracial adoption or early in their transracial parenting journey as well as professionals working with transracial adopters. We will make suggestions for how to help them move forward to become successful transracial families.

  • Race matters – To be or not to be colorblind in a “postracial” context
  • Racial pride, racism & microaggressions
  • How transracial adoption outcomes are impacted by parent personality, attitudes, lifestyle and knowledge
  • Practical exercises that can help families move forward.


Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe four types of racism and understand how they impact adults and children.
  2. Explain the difference between race, culture and ethnicity.
  3. Give examples of privilege and how it applies in the context of transracial adoption.
  4. Identify stereotypes, cultural appropriation and microagressions relevant to adopted children of color.
  5. Explain how race matters in adoption.
  6. Summarize general clinical issues to consider when working with pre-adoptive and adoptive transracial families and the ways that privilege and race may be contributing to or exacerbating parenting practices.
  7. Prepare to support and advocate for their families by learning and reviewing the federally-approved transracial education program provided by Pact, An Adoption Alliance: Building Community Across Cultures. 

Instructor/Panel: Beth Hall & a panel of experienced foster/adoptive parents

Experience: Beth Hall is an adoption educator who, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters, racism is alive, and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties.


Pricing Description:

$35 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 65% discount.

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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