Pact Camp

Webinar: Schools and Adoption: Strategies for Parents

Start time/date: Aug  25, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: Aug  25, 2021 12:30 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Schools and Adoption: Strategies for Parents


Children study much more than reading and math in school; there, they learn how the world operates beyond their own home. If they are lucky, they’re taught to search for commonality and to appreciate differences in their classmates and then in the people of the wider community. One of the ways kids are taught about the world and people around them is through assignments that focus on family. When these assignments are broadened purposefully to be inclusive and respectful of many diverse family models, children growing up in “non-standard” families can relax and learn. Too often, however, these assignments are not sensitively designed.This webinar will focus on strategies for navigating school and supporting children who join their families through adoption. We will reflect on some of the challenges that families experience in navigating schools and work to develop action plans. We will also  explore positive examples of what’s possible in schools.


Participants will be able to…

  • Describe challenges within schools for children who join their family through adoption. 
  • Identify opportunities to advocate on behalf of their child.
  • Support their child in developing strategies for navigating challenging moments.
  • Prepare themselves to answer common questions and concerns that are likely to come up in schools, with other families and for their children
  • Create an action plan for supporting their child in navigating school.




Instructor: Malaika Parker


Position: Director of Adoptive Parents of Color Collaborative


Experience: Malaika Parker, M.A., is director of Pact’s Adoptive Parents of Color Collective where she designs resources and creates community for adoptive families headed by people of color. As a Black adoptive parent of Black children, she understands firsthand how important it is for same-race adoptive parents to find resources that apply to their family dynamics.  Malaika has worked to organize communities of color around issues of police accountability, racial justice in education and environmental justice.  Malaika is the founder of Hummingbirds Urban Farming Collective in Oakland, and she holds a master’s degree in social justice and equity in education from San Francisco State University. In 2020, Malaika was awarded the Women of Color LeadStrong fellowship from the LeaderSpring Center.

Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 25% discount.

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