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adopted african american child Development theory is a way of looking at human behavior, psychology, or change that suggests that children (and adults) will grow and change, in predictable ways, in the specific context and circumstance of their life experience. It is a road map, not a measuring stick. Understanding the normative experiences of adoption and race in the context of children’s age-appropriate development is an important way that parents can strengthen and hone the strategies they use to nurture their children’s self-esteem and answer their questions about the world and themselves.

Pact offers services that support adopted children at every developmental stage, from infancy through adolescence; we also work closely with adopted adults who are ideally suited to serve as mentors for the children coming up behind them. Supporting children often means supporting their parents: through our online chat groups, our educational workshops and conferences, our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, one-on-one consultations, and regional parent-organized affiliates in Northern California, Southern California, and throughout the U.S. Become a member of Pact to take advantage of all these resources and to receive our newsletter, Pact’s Point of View, which features many articles on articles on the intersection of adoption, parenting, and race. Pact members receive a discount at our online bookstore, which features great reads on adoption, parenting, and race carefully selected for both adults and kids of all ages. We also recommend blogs and other online resources that we believe have the very best advice and information for adoptive families of children of color about adoption, race, and parenting.

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