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two adopted children Talking about adoption can feel complicated and scary for both adoptive parents and birth parents and especially for children, who have questions about their identity and ever-evolving understanding of both the joys and losses that are part of the experience. But what matters most is that we are talking about it, because that is how we help children know that it is truly “okay” to be adopted. Topics include talking to children about adoption and foster care at various ages and stages, handling questions from outsiders (including teachers), and helping children create their own adoption narrative, including the use of life books.

Speaking honestly and supportively about adoption is a core value for Pact, woven into all the programs and services we offer. We offer 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 educational 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 personal stories and informational articles about 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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