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No one can live in an environment “diverse enough” or “friendly enough” or “good enough” to protect children from the pain of racism. Discrimination hurts everyone – all races, all ages. White parents are especially susceptible to being surprised or taken aback by racist experiences, because they don’t anticipate them. Parents of color can fall victim to feeling discouraged and disheartened in the face of the ever-present reality of racial bias. In order to successfully support their children of color, parents must take an honest look at their own blind spots and biases, in order to be effective anti-racist allies.
Pact is nationally recognized for its position as an anti-racist organization; this commitment is reflected in every service we offer. For prospective adoptive parents, we offer pre-placement consultations and placement services that start from the assumption that racism exists and that parents adopting children of color must be prepared to address racism directly in order to meet their children’s needs. For prospective birth parents, we offer services that are respectful, non-judgmental, and pressure-free, because we believe no woman of color should receive lower-quality services than her white counterpart. The emphasis on acknowledging and fighting racism continues in 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 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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