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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.

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East Bay, CA

Start: Sept 15, 2018 4:00 PM
End: Sept 15, 2018 9:00 PM

Teen Club & CIT Program

Pact's Year Round Club Includes 10 Monthly Meetings from Sept to June

Tween, In-Be-Tween and Teen Club are social groups especially for adopted and fostered teens of color—although all adopted and or foster youth are invited to participate. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Sept 26, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Sept 26, 2018 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 child’s head. Topics will include: 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.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 2, 2018 7:00 PM
End: Oct 2, 2018 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 9, 2018 7:00 PM
End: Oct 9, 2018 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. Group members will be able to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption, both private and through the child welfare system. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around open adoptions, closed adoptions, recent reunions, same-race adoption, transracial adoption, termination of parental rights, and other topics as decided by the group.

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 10, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Oct 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Invisible Adoptions: Talking with Children About Adoption When Your Family “Matches”

Adoptive parents of color parenting children who look like them have choices about when and even whether or not to talk to their children about their adoption history. Sometimes parents worry that telling a child they are adopted will lead to feelings of insecurity or disconnectedness.  Get answers to your questions: When is the right time to tell? How do I start? Do adopted children need to know the painful parts of their story? This webinar is for adoptive parents of color and their parenting partners and is also applicable for adoption professionals working with families of color. 

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 24, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Oct 24, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: A Developmental Approach to Transracial Adoption (BCAC, voices of experience)

Are you planning a transracial adoption, or are you already parenting across racial lines? At Pact, we believe that in order for transracial adoption to successfully meet children’s needs, 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. This workshop is designed for transracial adoptive parents as well as professionals working with these families.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Oakland, CA

Start: Nov 3, 2018 9:00 AM
End: Nov 3, 2018 4:00 PM

Words of Wisdom (APCC)

Join us for Pact’s 3rd annual conference for adoptive and foster parents of color (and their families) and candid conversations with adult adoptees of color. Children must be registered by October 28th.

Los Angeles, CA

Start: Nov 4, 2018 8:00 AM
End: Nov 4, 2018 5:00 PM


(on-site registration available)

Having the Hard Conversations with Children About Adoption, Race & Family

Together, adults will explore your questions and gain real and practical strategies to engage with your children from a place of vulnerability and love while youth will spend time in our children''''s program with trained mentors and allies will be available for children four years old and up. All children must be registered by October 22, 2018.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 6, 2018 7:00 PM
End: Nov 6, 2018 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 13, 2018 7:00 PM
End: Nov 13, 2018 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. Group members will be able to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption, both private and through the child welfare system. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around open adoptions, closed adoptions, recent reunions, same-race adoption, transracial adoption, termination of parental rights, and other topics as decided by the group.

Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 14, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Nov 14, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: LGBTQ Adoptive Parents

In collaboration with Our Family Coalition this webinar will address the process and journey for LGBTQ families exploring adoption and/or foster care. What do you need to do to start the adoption or foster care process? What are some possible barriers you may face? How do you find an agency or professional that supports and advocates for LGBTQ families? 

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 28, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Nov 28, 2018 12:30 PM

Webinar: Foster Adopt & Birth Parents

When children are removed from their families because of perceived and/or actual safety issues, does the current research that open adoption is in the best interest of the child still apply? We will explore the complexities of open adoptions in the context of foster adoption, including concrete suggestions and lived experiences for how to make it work while keeping children and adults safe. This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post-placement foster and adoptive parents as well as adoption professionals.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 4, 2018 7:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2018 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.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 11, 2018 7:00 PM
End: Dec 11, 2018 9:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. Group members will be able to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption, both private and through the child welfare system. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around open adoptions, closed adoptions, recent reunions, same-race adoption, transracial adoption, termination of parental rights, and other topics as decided by the group.

Webinar, CA

Start: Dec 12, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Dec 12, 2018 1:00 PM

Webinar: Therapy with Adopted Adolescents of Color-CEU Eligible

Adolescence can be a challenging time for adoptees, many of whom are referred to therapy by well-meaning parents, teachers, school staff, etc. But therapists have often not received any sort of specialized training in adoption, racial identity, or the intersections of adoption and race, and may not be able to effectively meet their needs...or even unintentionally cause harm.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 9, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Jan 9, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need to Know at Various Ages and Stages: Ages 2-5

Preschoolers are very concrete thinkers. They are just beginning to learn about things like “same and different” and are beginning to apply their new ideas and understandings to everything, including friends and family. When a child learns that another child was adopted by his or her parents, they usually process it as just another piece of information.

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 30, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Jan 30, 2019 1:30 PM

Opening Your Child’s Adoption: Searching for Birth Family

Whether your child’s adoption involved initial contact with their first/birth parents or not, there are often ways to find first/birth family members and current research has shown openness is best for adoptees. Are you ready to consider it? How do you know if it will be good for your child? Learn about search options and the steps you can take to open your child’s adoption. Appropriate for foster and adoptive families as well adoption professionals in domestic adoption.

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 30, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Jan 30, 2019 12:30 PM

Opening Your Child’s Adoption: Searching for Birth Family

  • Whether your child’s adoption involved initial contact with his or her first/birth parents or not, there are often ways to find first/birth family members. Are you ready to consider it? How do you know if it will be good for your child? Learn about search options and the steps you can take to open your child’s adoption. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive families, adoptive families and adoption professionals in domestic adoption.
Webinar, CA

Start: Feb 20, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Feb 20, 2019 12:30 PM

What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know? Ages 6-9 years old

Children at this age see themselves in terms of what they can do, and begin to compare themselves to their peers. They do not like to be different, unless that difference is along the lines of “I can read better than anyone in my class” or “I can run faster than most of my friends.”  At this age, teasing among peers often becomes a factor. Having differences in family structure and/or racial identification pointed out can make elementary school kids very uncomfortable.

Webinar, CA

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

Culturally Relevant and Sensitive Adoption Language & Rituals

  • Words and rituals are important methods of human communication through which we tell our stories and underscore our values. Words not only convey facts, they also evoke feelings.Rituals are another form of human communication that send a powerful message of validation to those around us. Learn and understand the importance of culturally relevant and sensitive language and rituals in the context of adoption. This webinar is applicable to all members of the adoption constellation and adoption professionals.
Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 3, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Apr 3, 2019 12:30 AM

What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know? Ages 10-12 years old

A tweens job is to figure out who he or she is in the world. The tween years, which can start as young as nine or ten, have often been compared with the preschool years because of the dramatic changes that occur during the move to greater independence. Tweens develop a new ability to be introspective and analytical and often embrace new views of the world, some of which may be challenging to their parents. Emotionally, they are getting messages from media and often peers, that they should begin to separate from their family but most of them are not really ready to do so. This often raises raise adoption, genetic, racial and heritage issues/questions that they will begin to explore on deeper level than never before. A parent’s most difficult task is to create a delicate balance of helping their tweens feel safe and connected while they explore their newly forming individual identity.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 2, 2019 2:00 PM
End: July 7, 2019 2:00 PM

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Pact Family Camp West

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