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transracially adopted child Identity formation is a critical task of childhood and indeed life. For all adopted people, their identity is impacted by their genetic connections as well as the family in which they are raised and all of their experiences in-between. Topics include nurturing strong identity in children, adults, and family, including gender identity, racial identity, cultural identity and adoption identity. Articles include personal stories as well as research and expert advice.

In support of healthy identity formation, Pact offers services that support adopted children and youth, and we offer education to adoptive parents to help them understand their children’s needs. Pact offers support for adopted tweens and teens of color, and their non-adopted siblings, and we have a well-developed program for adopted children and youth of all ages at our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, which is also attended by many adult adoptees. Many adopted adult get involved with our programs as speakers and mentors. Pact supports 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 the intersection of adoption, parenting, and race. Pact members receive a discount at our online bookstore, which features great reads on this topic. 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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Identity Issues Videos

Helping Your Child Develop Positive Racial Identity

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Are There Differences Between Culture, Ethnicity, and Race?

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Tips For Talking To Your Children About Race

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The Importance of Living in a Diverse Community

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What Challenges come with Transracial Adoption?

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Considering Transracial Adoption; Four Questions to Ask Yourself

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