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Pact's educational programs have a nationwide reputation for excellence, particularly on the subject of adoption and race. We offer a broad range of learning opportunities led by Pact staff as well as other experts in the field. Programs range from single-session workshops to our weeklong Pact Family Camp. Whatever the format, you will find sensitive, experienced facilitators and a community of other adoptive parents who share your questions and concerns.

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Location/Date Description
Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 1, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Apr 1, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: LatinX Adoptee Voices

Hear from Latinx (Hispanic) adopted adults — born both domestically and internationally — about their adoption journey, including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. 

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 3, 2020 4:00 PM
End: Apr 3, 2020 5:30 PM

Adoptive Parents Support Call

Join Beth Hall, Pact''s Executive Director, for a virtual community gathering and conversation about supporting our children and ourselves amidst COVID 19, school closures, community lockdowns and these ever changing times. This call is for all adoptive parents associated with Pact. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five people.
PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 7, 2020 4:00 PM
End: Apr 7, 2020 6:00 PM

Former Foster Youth & Adult Adoptees of Color NATIONAL Support Call

These monthly phone calls will provide a safe space for former foster youth & adult adoptees of color who do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption and foster care. Space will be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial/interracial adoption, search and reunion, birth/first family and other topics of interest to the group. Space is limited. 

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 7, 2020 7:00 PM
End: Apr 7, 2020 9:00 PM

Foster Alum/Adult Adoptees of Color BAY AREA SUPPORT PHONE CALL

Due to the current shelter at home order from Alameda County & other SF Bay Area counties, the April 7th Local Support Group meeting for Adult Adoptees and Former Foster Youth of Color will be held via video conferencing on Zoom. Pact will not publicize the call-in number so attendees MUST REGISTER in order to receive the call-in information. Registration will be limited to 25.

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 8, 2020 2:30 PM
End: Apr 8, 2020 4:00 PM

Adoptive Parents Support Call

Join Malaika Parker, Pact''s APCC Director, for a virtual community gathering and conversation about supporting our children and ourselves amidst COVID 19, school closures, community lockdowns and these ever changing times. This call is for all adoptive parents associated with Pact. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five people. For current Pact members.

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 14, 2020 3:00 PM
End: Apr 14, 2020 4:00 PM

Adoptive Parents of Color National Support Call

Monthly national support calls led by Malaika Parker, Director of the Adoptive Parents of Color Collaborative, will provide a safe space for adoptive parents of color to connect and share their experiences.This is a group intended to meet the needs of people of color who have built their families through domestic adoption, kinship adoption, international adoption, foster care, same race and transracial/interracial adoption. 

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 15, 2020 4:00 PM
End: Apr 15, 2020 5:30 PM

Adoptive Parents Support Call

Join Beth Hall, Pact''s Executive Director, for a virtual community gathering and conversation about supporting our children and ourselves amidst COVID 19, school closures, community lockdowns and these ever changing times. This call is for all adoptive parents associated with Pact. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five people. For current Pact members.

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 21, 2020 4:00 PM
End: Apr 21, 2020 6:00 PM

Former Foster Youth & Adult Adoptees of Color NATIONAL Support Call

These monthly phone calls will provide a safe space for former foster youth & adult adoptees of color who do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption and foster care. Space will be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial/interracial adoption, search and reunion, birth/first family and other topics of interest to the group. Space is limited. 

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 21, 2020 7:00 PM
End: Apr 21, 2020 9:00 PM

Former Foster Alum/Adult Adoptees of Color-BAY AREA Support Phone Call

Due to the current shelter at home order from Alameda County & other SF Bay Area counties, there will be a second local support call for Adult Adoptees and Former Foster Youth of Color via video conferencing on Zoom. Pact will not publicize the call-in number so attendees MUST REGISTER in order to receive the call-in information. Registration will be limited to 25.

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 22, 2020 4:00 PM
End: Apr 22, 2020 5:30 PM

First/Birth Parent/Family Support Call

Join this supportive phone call for first/birth parents/families.  Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. This phone call is a safe space for this group; please respect this.

Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 22, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Apr 22, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Asian Adoptee Voices

Hear from Asian adopted adults — born both domestically and internationally — about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. 

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 23, 2020 2:30 PM
End: Apr 23, 2020 4:00 PM

Adoptive Parents Support Call

Join Malaika Parker, Pact''s APCC Director, for a virtual community gathering and conversation about supporting our children and ourselves amidst COVID 19, school closures, community lockdowns and these ever changing times. This call is for all adoptive parents associated with Pact. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five people. For current Pact members.

PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 29, 2020 4:00 PM
End: Apr 29, 2020 5:30 PM

Adoptive Parents Support Call

Join Beth Hall, Pact''s Executive Director, for a virtual community gathering and conversation about supporting our children and ourselves amidst COVID 19, school closures, community lockdowns and these ever changing times. This call is for all adoptive parents associated with Pact. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five people. For current Pact members.

PST Time, CA

Start: May 5, 2020 4:00 PM
End: May 5, 2020 6:00 PM

Former Foster Youth & Adult Adoptees of Color National Support Call

These monthly phone calls will provide a safe space for former foster youth & adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption and foster care. Space will be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial/interracial adoption, search and reunion, birth/first family and other topics of interest to the group. Space is limited. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 5, 2020 7:00 PM
End: May 5, 2020 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Foster Alum & Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

Pact offers a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adult adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees and foster alum of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion and other topics of interest to the group.

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 7, 2020 6:30 PM
End: May 7, 2020 8:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adoptive Parents of Color MeetUp

The APCC Bay Area Meetup is a monthly in person peer facilitated support group that provides a safe space for adoptive parents of color to connect and share their experiences.This is a group intended to meet the needs of people of color who have built their families through domestic adoption, kinship adoption,  international adoption, and/or foster care.  

PST Time, CA

Start: May 12, 2020 3:00 PM
End: May 12, 2020 4:00 PM

Adoptive Parents of Color National Support Call

Monthly national support calls led by Malaika Parker, Director of the Adoptive Parents of Color Collaborative, will provide a safe space for adoptive parents of color to connect and share their experiences.This is a group intended to meet the needs of people of color who have built their families through domestic adoption, kinship adoption, international adoption, foster care, same race and transracial/interracial adoption. 

Webinar, CA

Start: May 13, 2020 11:00 AM
End: May 13, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Racially Ambiguous, Biracial, and Multiracial Voices

Racial identity for adopted and fostered people of color, especially when they are transracially adopted, is complex, as they navigate the multiple intersections of race in a racialized world. For those who look racially ambiguous and/or embody multiple racial identities, this complexity is further magnified. This workshop will give adoptive parents of all races tools to

support the racially ambiguous, biracial, and multiracial identities of their adopted children of color. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals. **Registration closes May 21st at noon.

ALL TIMES ARE PDT

Culver City, CA

Start: May 16, 2020 1:00 PM
End: May 16, 2020 4:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Family Education Day: Adoption, Race & Schools

Join us for a day of learning for the whole family including special programming for children ages 5-12 led by our awesome counselor/mentors and teen club members. Concurrent adult programing will be taking place for parents of all age children. Parents are invited to attend with or without their children. Early Bird Pricing Available Until April 25th.

Webinar, CA

Start: May 19, 2020 4:00 PM
End: May 19, 2020 6:00 PM

Orientation for Pre-Adoptive Parents (Webinar)

Join Pact’s Adoption Social Worker, Katie Wynen, for a FREE online orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact. Pact supports expectant/birth parents who are specifically seeking adoptive parents of color (Black, Latinx, Asian, multiracial) to adopt their baby. Parents considering transracial adoption (adopting across racial lines) are welcome to attend as well. This event will take place as a webinar, best accessed via computer.

Oakland, CA

Start: May 30, 2020 1:00 PM
End: May 30, 2020 4:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Family Day: Social Media - New Realities in Adoption

Join us for a panel presentation including Beth Hall, Pact’s Executive Director, Jamie Nunez, Bay Area Regional Manager for Common Sense Media and adult adoptees to speak to their personal experience with social media. How can we be curious and therefore more supportive about our child''s social media interactions—particularly as they relate to adoption? 

Concurrent program available for children five and up.

 

PST Time, CA

Start: June 2, 2020 4:00 PM
End: June 2, 2020 6:00 PM

Former Foster Youth & Adult Adoptees of Color National Support Call

These monthly phone calls will provide a safe space for former foster youth & adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption and foster care. Space will be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial/interracial adoption, search and reunion, birth/first family and other topics of interest to the group. Space is limited. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 2, 2020 7:00 PM
End: June 2, 2020 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Foster Alum & Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

Pact offers a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adult adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees and foster alum of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion and other topics of interest to the group.

Webinar, CA

Start: June 3, 2020 11:00 AM
End: June 3, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Schools and Adoption

Children spend half of their lives in school. One way that children 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. As we wind down the school year and anticipate a new year we will reflect on ways that schools can support children who joined their family through adoption. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals and teachers. ** Registration closes June 2nd at noon (PDT).

ALL TIMES ARE PDT

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 4, 2020 6:30 PM
End: June 4, 2020 8:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adoptive Parents of Color MeetUp

The APCC Bay Area Meetup is a monthly in person peer facilitated support group that provides a safe space for adoptive parents of color to connect and share their experiences.This is a group intended to meet the needs of people of color who have built their families through domestic adoption, kinship adoption,  international adoption, and/or foster care.  

PST Time, CA

Start: June 9, 2020 3:00 PM
End: June 9, 2020 4:00 PM

Adoptive Parents of Color National Support Call

Monthly national support calls led by Malaika Parker, Director of the Adoptive Parents of Color Collaborative, will provide a safe space for adoptive parents of color to connect and share their experiences.This is a group intended to meet the needs of people of color who have built their families through domestic adoption, kinship adoption, international adoption, foster care, same race and transracial/interracial adoption. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 14, 2020 10:00 AM
End: June 14, 2020 1:00 PM

First/Birth Parent Support Group

This supportive group for first/birth parents/families will meet four times a year to offer open conversation, a guided activity and lunch. Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. 

Webinar, CA

Start: June 24, 2020 11:00 AM
End: June 24, 2020 1:00 PM

Webinar: Newborns, Money, Competition, and Desperation: Promoting Ethics in Adoption (CEU Eligible)

As the landscape of adoption providers continues to be heavily dominated by for profit entities and “do-it-yourself” online matching services, solid ethics in voluntary infant placement and adoption become all the more critical. This workshop will raise questions about current practices in voluntary placements. This webinar is appropriate for professionals, expectant parents and pre-adoptive families. **Registration closes on June 23rd at noon.

ALL TIMES ARE PDT

Webinar, CA

Start: July 15, 2020 11:00 AM
End: July 15, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Integrating the Shadow: Inner Work for Adult Adoptees

The composition of the self is multifaceted and holistic. Using a depth psychological approach to working with the inner shadow, the adult adoptee can learn to integrate and reclaim those pieces of self which have been carefully hidden away. Through shared material and collective dialog, we will discuss common shadow aspects for the adult adoptee. This webinar is appropriate for the adult adoptee, for loved ones who wish to better understand their experiences, and for helping professionals who support adult adoptees. **Registration closes on July 14th at noon.

ALL TIMES ARE PDT

Webinar, CA

Start: Sept 9, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Sept 9, 2020 1:00 PM

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

This webinar will be an honest conversation about the strengths and challenges of talking about adoption and foster care in communities of color. Participants will learn strategies for supporting adoptive and foster parents of color throughout the adoption journey. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with communities of color. **Registration closes on September 8th at noon. All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

ALL TIMES ARE PDT

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 13, 2020 10:00 AM
End: Sept 13, 2020 1:00 PM

First/Birth Parent Support Group

This supportive group for first/birth parents/families will meet four times a year to offer open conversation, a guided activity and lunch. Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 15, 2020 7:00 PM
End: Sept 15, 2020 8:30 PM

Orientation for Pre-Adoptive Parents

Join Pact’s Adoption Social Worker, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact. Pact supports expectant/birth parents who are specifically seeking adoptive parents of color (Black, Latinx, Asian, multiracial) to adopt their baby. Parents considering transracial adoption (adopting across racial lines) are welcome to attend as well.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 15, 2020 7:00 PM
End: Sept 15, 2020 8:30 PM

Orientation for Pre-Adoptive Parents

Join Pact’s Adoption Social Worker, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact. Pact supports expectant/birth parents who are specifically seeking adoptive parents of color (Black, Latinx, Asian, multiracial) to adopt their baby. Parents considering transracial adoption (adopting across racial lines) are welcome to attend as well.

Webinar, CA

Start: Sept 30, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Sept 30, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: A Developmental Approach to Transracial Adoption

Are you planning a transracial adoption, or are you already parenting across racial lines? At Pact, we believe that white parents must educate themselves about both race and racism as well as understanding white privilege and interrogating their own whiteness. We will explore how these issues play out in families where children and parents do not share the same racial identity. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 21, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Oct 21, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Introducing the Adoption Conversation

Initiating conversations with children about being adopted can feel scary for parents who want to protect their children from feeling “less than.” Learn how to start conversations and introduce concepts without going over your children’s heads. When should we tell? What should we tell? How do we tell? Get ideas and words to use to introduce the concept and details about adoption to your child. This workshop provides research-based tips for understanding a child''s point of view and feelings about adoption. You will receive practical guidance on how to create a plan for sharing information and managing the unknowns. We will cover topics including: Handling your own fears, understanding how children understand & experience adoption, why the words we use matter, why beginning with a child’s birth makes sense, how to talk about first/birth parents and answering and anticipating children’s questions, whether they ask them or not. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive parents as well as adoptive parents with young children.

Oakland, CA

Start: Oct 23, 2020 8:30 AM
End: Oct 23, 2020 5:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

2020 CALIFORNIA ADOPTION CONFERENCE-Day 1

The 2020 California Adoption Conference is a two-day event featuring talks and workshops for adoptive and foster families, adult adoptees and foster alums, birth parents, and adoption professionals. Each day will feature a keynote speaker followed by 2 afternoon sessions of 6 workshops per session, for a total of 12 workshops per day.  Participants will choose 2 workshops per day.

Oakland, CA

Start: Oct 23, 2020 8:30 AM
End: Oct 24, 2020 5:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

2020 CALIFORNIA ADOPTION CONFERENCE-Days 1 & 2

The 2020 California Adoption Conference is a two-day event featuring talks and workshops for adoptive and foster families, adult adoptees and foster alums, birth parents, and adoption professionals. Each day will feature a keynote speaker followed by 2 afternoon sessions of 6 workshops per session, for a total of 12 workshops per day.  Participants will choose 2 workshops per day.

Oakland, CA

Start: Oct 24, 2020 8:30 AM
End: Oct 24, 2020 5:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

2020 CALIFORNIA ADOPTION CONFERENCE-Day 2

The 2020 California Adoption Conference is a two-day event featuring talks and workshops for adoptive and foster families, adult adoptees and foster alums, birth parents, and adoption professionals. Each day will feature a keynote speaker followed by 2 afternoon sessions of 6 workshops per session, for a total of 12 workshops per day.  Participants will choose 2 workshops per day.

Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 11, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Nov 11, 2020 1:00 PM

Webinar: Adoption through the Lifespan - CEUs

Recent studies indicate that Master’s level therapists and social workers rarely receive any formal education, training or supervision on how to best engage, assess, support and treat members of the adoption and foster care triads – adopted/fostered people, adoptive/foster parents and birth/first parents. This two hour introductory CEU course will provide social workers, therapists and other helping professionals with tools and best practices to use when providing clinical and/or social work services to all members of the adoption triad. We will discuss the language of adoption and help participants understand how and why their words matter and address the stereotypes and microaggressions that are part of the landscape for those touched by adoption. Specific similarities and differences explored in the experiences of all triad members as well as extended family members and friends will be explored along with the core issues that are common to all touched by adoption. Clinical and research-based strategies will be explained.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 6, 2020 10:00 AM
End: Dec 6, 2020 1:00 PM

First/Birth Parent Support Group

This supportive group for first/birth parents/families will meet four times a year to offer open conversation, a guided activity and lunch. Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Dec 9, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Dec 9, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: What to Expect at the Hospital in Domestic Adoption

Get practical and ethical advice about what to expect when pre-adopters have been matched with expectant parents in an adoption plan, with a particular focus on what to expect at the hospital when a child is being placed for adoption. We will focus on how to manage the complex time when a child is born and the first/birth parent(s) are making the legal and emotional decision about whether to move forward with placing that child for adoption. The focus will be on how pre-adoptive parents can navigate their relationship with the first/birth parent(s) and the child while still in the hospital, including questions about when to arrive, medical choices, feeding choices, breast-feeding, and names. We will also discuss gifts, goodbyes, and contact after birth. This workshop is relevant for pre-adoptive parents.

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