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a young african american adopted child In closed adoptions, both domestic and international, adoptees and parents have questions about birth family that sometimes result in the decision to search for them. Even in adoptions that begin with openness, family members lose touch or struggle to remain connected. What we know is that adoptees who have little or no information or contact with their birth family have grown up feeling they didn’t fit, feeling something was missing, feeling confused about where they came from and feeling it would be a betrayal of their adoptive parents and family, whom they love, to ask questions or seek information about their birth family. Many stories of search and reunion are included in these articles, along with advice for how to search and when, including answers to questions like who should be the decision maker in terms of when and why to search as well as how to manage reunion relationships and aftermath for adults and children.

If your family includes adopted children of color, Pact is here for you, whatever special challenges you may be facing together—including living with the complexities of adoption in which contact is either desired or sought between adoptive and birth families, or living with the complexities of an adoption in which there is no contact between the adoptive and birth families. Pact offers pre-placement consultations and placement services for prospective parents who are looking to adopt a child of color as their first choice. We also offer support for adoptive parents who have already adopted (or are considering adopting) children of color through our online chat groups, our workshops and conferences, our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, one-on-one consultations focused on the special issues inherent to adoptive parenting, 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 adoption 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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Search and Reunion in Adoption Articles

Search and Reunion in Adoption

The Importance of Talking About Birth Parents

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Secrecy Versus Privacy when Talking about Adoption

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