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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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Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 14, 2019 8:00 AM
End: June 20, 2020 5:00 PM

Northern California Youth Clubs

Pact Clubs for 10-18 year-old adopted youth of color and their siblings are divided into four age groups called Tween, In-Be-Tween, Teen-ishs and Teens .  The Clubs focus on both social interactions among the youth and a designed a curriculum tailored to adopted and fostered youth of African American, African, Latino, Asian and Native American descent to explore their feelings and experiences related to adoption, race, family and identity. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 17, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Sept 17, 2019 8:30 PM

Online Registration Closed
(on-site registration available)

Orientation for Pre-Adoptive Parents

Pact helps pre-adoptive parents seeking to adopt African American, Latinx, and multiracial children born anywhere in the United States. The majority of our placements involve at least one adoptive parent who shares the racial or ethnic heritage of their child.  Learn more about adopting a child of color through Pact during our no obligation, free, local orientation.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Sept 22, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Sept 22, 2019 2:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Tween Club Open House for Parents & Youth Ages 10-12

Join Beth Hall, Executive Director of Pact, to learn more about Pact's Tween Clubs for youth ages 10-12. Pact's pioneering Tween/Teen Clubs model an innovative approach to support foster and adoptive families and youth still in care. This program, which has been working successfully for over ten years in Northern California, is now being offered for Southern California under Pact's Kaleidoscope program.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Sept 22, 2019 3:00 PM
End: Sept 22, 2019 6:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Teen Club Open House for Parents & Youth Ages 13-18

Join Beth Hall, Pact's Executive Director, to learn more about Teen Club for youth ages 13-18Pact's pioneering Teen Clubs model an innovative approach to support foster and adoptive families and youth still in care. This program, which has been working successfully for over ten years in Northern California, is now being offered for Southern California under Pact's Kaleidoscope program.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Sept 22, 2019 1:00 PM
End: June 7, 2020 8:00 PM

So-Cal Youth Groups

Kaleidoscope Clubs for 10-18 year-old adopted youth of color and their siblings are divided into two age groups called Tweens and Teens .  The Clubs focus on both social interactions among the youth and a designed a curriculum tailored to adopted and fostered youth of African American, African, Latino, Asian and Native American descent to explore their feelings and experiences related to adoption, race, family and identity. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 1, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees 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.

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 2, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Oct 2, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: Introducing the Adoption Conversation

Learn how to start conversations and introduce concepts without going over your child’s head. Topics will include: understanding how children understand and 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. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

East Bay, CA

Start: Oct 19, 2019 9:00 AM
End: Oct 19, 2019 2:00 PM

4th Annual Convening for Adoptive Parents of Color

PLEASE NOTE: This program is specifically for ADOPTIVE PARENTS OF COLOR and their families. Please be respectful of their space.

Join us for Pact''s 4th annual convening for adoptive parents of color and their families.  Adults will hear from a panel of first/birth parents who have placed children in adoption, while children and youth participate in concurrent programming. This event is organized by and for adoptive/foster parents of color and their families.

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 23, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Oct 23, 2019 1:00 PM

Webinar: Transracial Adoption for Professionals (CEU's)

This webinar will orient professionals to better evaluate and support pre-adoptive and adoptive families in transracial adoption, so as to provide effective and sensitive adoption and race-competent services in private practice and agency settings. Specific approaches about how to talk about race and how the race of the trainer impacts those discussions will be explored. Appropriate for professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 5, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Nov 5, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees 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.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Nov 10, 2019 10:00 AM
End: Nov 10, 2019 3:30 PM

Activism as Healing: Creating an Adoptive Family Activism Plan

Oppression exists in the context of both race and adoption.  As parents, we want to protect our children from injustices like racism, loss, white supremacy, sexism and ableism. What if the actual protection was in talking about and facing these issues head on? What if the healing and peace actually come when we model how to be activists?  Join us for this full day event with Sean Sparks, Robyn Park, Angela Gee and Beth Hall and learn strategies to create an activism plan for your family. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 13, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Nov 13, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar:Adult Adoptees of Color Panel

Hear from adopted adults of color — born both domestically and internationally, adopted transracially, and in same race placements — 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. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Dec 3, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees 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.

Webinar, CA

Start: Dec 4, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Dec 4, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: Challenging Class Privilege in Adoption

An uncomfortable truth in adoption is the privileges that are extended [or denied] based on class in all forms of adoption, including foster care, private domestic, and international. For many families of color who built their families through adoption, or the foster care system, the class dynamics at play butt up against intersections of oppression. This seldom discussed reality is a vital conversation to building connection and challenging dynamics. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 8, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Jan 8, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: First/Birth Parent Voices

Nationwide, the adoption discussion is too often missing the perspective of first/birth parent voices and instead dominated by the voices of adoptive parents. This bias masks the fact that every adoptee has two sets of parents, birth and adoptive. Hear from first parents to gain insight and understanding of their piece of the adoption experience. This webinar is appropriate for all members of the adoption triad and adoption professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 29, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Jan 29, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Adoptive Parent Learning: Been There Done That—What We Learned That Could Help You

Beth Hall and a panel of child welfare professionals, who are also parents of teen and/or adult adoptees, will talk about the things they have learned along the way for parents in the earlier stages of their parenting journey. Experiences include same-race and transracial adoption, kinship adoption, foster adoption, infant adoption, closed adoption, and open adoption. Appropriate for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: Feb 19, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Feb 19, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar:Transracial Adoption for Adoptive Parents of Color

Transracial adoption for parents of color is becoming more common in the adoption community. Learn about adoptive parents of color parenting across race:

the experience of parenting children not only as babies but as they grow older, the steps parents took to prepare themselves for transracial adoption, and the continued work they do to support their child’s race and cultural heritage in conjunction with their own. Appropriate for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents of color parenting across race and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

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

Webinar: Black Adoptee Voices

Hear from Black 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. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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. Too often, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

 

Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 22, 2020 8:00 AM
End: Apr 22, 2020 5:00 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. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: Aug 12, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Aug 12, 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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

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