Pact is a different kind of adoption organization—
honest, child-centered, and anti-racist.
Since 1991, Pact’s mission has always been to serve adopted children of color. In every case, the child is always our primary client. In order to best serve children’s needs, we provide not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community. Our goal is for every child to feel wanted, honored and loved, a cherished member of their communities with proud connections to their cultural heritage. We advocate for honesty and authenticity in matters of race and adoption.
Our approach to adoption is shaped by the following beliefs:
- Racism and “adoptism” exist and must be actively combated.
- Every child deserves to grow up in a stable, nurturing home.
- Adoption is an experience rooted in loss and complexity.
- Expectant parents deserve the opportunity to consider all available options, including parenting their own children.
- When adoption is necessary, same-race adoption is easier for children.
- Transracial adoption can work if parents are serious about confronting their own racism and helping their children build a positive racial identity.
- Adopted children and adults deserve as much information about and connection to their birth heritage as possible.
- Adopted people should have access to all of their records and birth history.
- Children thrive when they have the opportunity and support to explore all aspects of their identity.
Scroll down to read more about the values that inform everything we do at Pact.