Pact Camp

Webinar:Working with Pre- and Post-Adoptive/Foster Parents of Color: Insights for Professionals(CEU)

Start time/date: Aug  12, 2020 11:00 AM
End time/date: Aug  12, 2020 1:00 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Working with Pre- and Post-Adoptive/Foster Parents of Color:

Insights for Professionals

Although people of color have a long history of informal care of communitythe national discussion of adoption often leaves out conversations about the experiences of adoptive families headed by people of color. Too often child welfare professionals have approached families of color from a place of judgement and power, apparently unable to see some the strengths and values embodied in communities that are often also facing racial, financial and social oppressions. This webinar will be an honest conversation about the strengths and challenges of talking about adoption and foster care in communities of color. From recruitment of families to ongoing support for parents, we will explore some of the pieces that child welfare professionals too often overlook which in turn results in undermining the effective support and engagement of people of color they are trying to accomplish. Participants will learn strategies for supporting adoptive parents of color throughout the adoption journey. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with communities of color.



Educational objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical context of child welfare and adoption in communities of color. 
  2. Identify at least three challenges for people of color who are interacting with the child welfare system.
  3. List at least three ways that professionals can approach individuals and communities in a way that creates partnerships rather than adversarial relationships.
  4. Develop a plan for navigating discussions about adoption and foster care in the context of racial communities of origin.
  5. Be able to list at least five specific strategies for supporting foster and adoptive parents of color and their larger communities.




Instructor: Malaika Parker

Position: Director of Adoptive Parents of Color Collaborative

Experience: Malaika is a Black adoptive parent with 11 years of experience supporting people of color who have built their families through adoption. Through her work Malaika works to support pre-adoptive parents of color make critical decisions about supporting their future child, challenge adoptism and  build their adoption based  community.   Malaika works with Pact, an Adoption Alliance to develop programing and opportunities for support and community for adoptive families.

CEUs: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. All activities in the course are offered for continuing education credit. CAMFT-Approved Continuing Education Provider Number 131157

Pact is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Pact maintains responsibility for this course and its content.


Special Needs: To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at who will respond within 3 business days to all inquiries.

Certificates: Course completions certificates will be awarded within one business week, upon confirmation of full attendance at workshop and completion of course evaluation. Certificates will be e-mailed to registration address unless other method is requested.

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Grievances: If you wish to file a grievance, you may do so orally or in writing.

Phone: 510.243.9460


Address: 5515 Doyle Street #1, Emeryville, CA 94608

Pricing Description:

$45 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 15% discount.

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