Events
Pact Camp

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.

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

To search events, select a category

Location/Date Description

Start: Aug 24, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Aug 24, 2016 12:30 PM

Online Registration Closed

WEBINAR: What to Expect at the Hospital When Adopting

Hear practical and ethical advice about what to expect when pre-adopters have been matched with expectant parents, with a particular focus on how to behave at the hospital when a child is being placed for adoption.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Aug 27, 2016 12:00 AM
End: Aug 27, 2016 4:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Annual End Of Summer Gathering

What better way to end the summer than to gather with old friends and new members of the Pact family, along with some of our fabulous Pact Camp and Teen/Tween Club mentors and counselors.  This free event is a opportunity to invite friends and extended family to build community and connect with other families with adopted children of color. 

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 6, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Sept 6, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

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.

Start: Sept 14, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Sept 14, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adoptive Families Interacting with Schools & Teachers

Outside of home, children spend more time at school than anywhere else, in an environment that is not always responsive to adopted children and their families.  This workshop helps parents (and educators) figure out how best to support adopted children in the face of sometimes problematic assumptions and curriculum.

Start: Sept 21, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Sept 21, 2016 1:00 PM

CEU WEBINAR: Clinical Competency with Birth (First) Families in Adoption

This course will orient professionals to the experiences and needs of first/birth parents who have voluntarily placed children for adoption, as well as their extended families, so as to provide effective, sensitive, adoption-competent services to them in private practice and agency settings.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 4, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Oct 4, 2016 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

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: Oct 8, 2016 1:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2016 5:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Anti-Bias Education: How To Support Adopted Youth of Color in the Classroom

The event will feature a presentation by author of Anti-Bias Curriculum and Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism, Louise Derman-Sparks and will be followed by a facilitated conversation and Q&A session. Attendees are invited to stay for a community building reception following. This is an incredible opportunity to hear from a renowned expert.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 8, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Dec 7, 2016 8:30 PM

Don’t Give Up- A Group for Adoptive Parents of Older Teens and Young Adults

A support group for adoptive parents of older teens and young adults. Join Gail Steinberg, co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption, and mother to four adopted adults for this 10-session facilitated support and discussion group with other parents of adopted teens and/or young adults of color.

Start: Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Oct 12, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: To Tell or Not to Tell? When Adopted Children Have Difficult Histories

Adoptive parents often worry about how to talk to their children about the difficult history that is part of their life story. We will discuss decision-making about whether and when to tell adopted people “the hard stuff” in their own history.

Start: Oct 26, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Oct 26, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Becoming an Adoptive Parent – Handling the Wait

The word “expectant” is commonly used to mean being pregnant, but pre-adoptive parents are also waiting expectantly for a child—a wait that can often feel unbearably long. Join us to get advice about how to manage the pre-adoptive wait.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 1, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Nov 1, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

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.

Start: Nov 9, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Nov 9, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Birth/First Parent Voices

In conversations about adoption, the voices of birth/first parents are routinely silenced. Pact believes that that there is much that adoptive parents and professionals can learn from listening to them. We invite you to listen to several first/birth parents speak about their experiences—you (and your child) will be glad you did.

Start: Nov 28, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Nov 28, 2016 12:30 PM

Pact''s National Orientation Webinar

Join Pact''s Adoption Specialist, Katie Wynen, for a FREE orientation to learn about the adoption process through Pact.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 6, 2016 7:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2016 9:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

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.

Start: Dec 14, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Dec 14, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Adolescent Issues: Managing Risky Behaviors with Adopted Children

Adolescence is always a turbulent time, and it can be especially so for adopted and foster kids. We will explore risky behaviors that adopted youth sometimes engage in, and offer suggestions about how to stay connected to your children while trying to keep them safe and guide them toward less oppositional stances.

Start: Dec 21, 2016 11:00 AM
End: Dec 21, 2016 12:30 PM

WEBINAR: Deciding to Adopt a Child of Color

Learn more about adopting a child of color. This webinar will have specific information about Pact’s adoption process but is also useful for anyone who wants to better understand the options that are available to prospective adoptive parents today.

Reisterstown, MD

Start: July 31, 2017 2:00 PM
End: Aug 4, 2017 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp East- New Parents of Color

Special Registration Link for Parents of color and their parenting partners who have NEVER attended Pact Family Camp before.

Reisterstown, MD

Start: July 31, 2017 2:00 PM
End: Aug 4, 2017 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp East

By popular demand, Pact Family Camp has expanded to the East Coast.  Join other adoptive families with children of color for inaugural Pact Family Camp East in Reisterstown, MD. 

return to top ^