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Pact's educational programs have a nationwide reputation for excellence, particularly on the subject of adoption and race. We offer a broad range of learning opportunities led by Pact staff as well as other experts in the field. Programs range from single-session workshops to our weeklong Pact Family Camp. Whatever the format, you will find sensitive, experienced facilitators and a community of other adoptive parents who share your questions and concerns.

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PST Time, CA

Start: Apr 27, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Apr 27, 2019 1:00 PM

National Conference Call (APCC)

-National Support Call Saturday April 27th 11am(PT): a national call for adoptive parents to share experiences, stories and perspectives. Join Malaika Parker and other adoptive parents of color to share stories and experiences with one another. The is a FREE event.

Emeryville, CA

Start: May 7, 2019 8:00 AM
End: May 7, 2019 5:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: May 15, 2019 11:00 AM
End: May 15, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar:What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need to Know at Various Ages and Stages:Ages 13-18

We will explore some of the underlying issues that adoption and racial identity formation add to the mix of the issues teens and their parents are navigating. Discussion topics will include general identity formation, adoption identity and racial identity. 

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 4, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 4, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: June 5, 2019 11:00 AM
End: June 5, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: A Developmental Approach to Transracial Adoption

Are you planning a transracial adoption, or are you already parenting across racial lines? At Pact, we believe that in order for transracial adoption to successfully meet children’s needs, white parents must educate themselves about both race and racism as well as understanding white privilege and interrogating their own whiteness.

ALL TIMES ARE PST

Emeryville, CA

Start: June 9, 2019 10:00 AM
End: June 9, 2019 1:00 PM

First/Birth Family Support Group

Anyone who is related by birth to a child placed in adoption or foster care is invited to attend. Group members will be able to connect, listen and share their experiences of adoption, both private and through the child welfare system. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around open adoptions, closed adoptions, recent reunions, same-race adoption, transracial adoption, termination of parental rights, and other topics as decided by the group.

Webinar, CA

Start: June 26, 2019 11:00 AM
End: June 26, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: What to Expect at the Hospital in Domestic Adoption

Hear practical and ethical advice about what to expect when pre-adoptive parents have been matched with expectant parents in an adoption plan, with a particular focus on what to expect at the hospital when a child is being placed for adoption. This workshop is relevant for pre-adoptive parents.

Tahoe City, CA

Start: July 2, 2019 2:00 PM
End: July 7, 2019 2:00 PM

Online Registration Closed

Pact Family Camp West

SOLD OUT Pact Family Camp West is a weeklong summer retreat where adopted children of color and their families can share their experiences while learning from experts and each other. Many families have told us that their time at Camp offers them a community they can’t find anyplace else.

Webinar, CA

Start: July 10, 2019 11:00 AM
End: July 10, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: The Art of Attachment: Using Sensory Strategies as a Key to Connection

Attachment is the cornerstone of connection, healing, and harmony in an adoptive family.  This workshop provides some understanding of the way that children with trauma histories and/or attachment disruptions can have differing brain and body chemistry, including differently developed sensory integration systems. Appropriate for all parents and professionals.

Webinar, CA

Start: July 31, 2019 11:00 AM
End: July 31, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: Living Open Adoption: Practical Guidance for Making It Work

Open adoption was created as an alternative to the challenges of closed adoption. But many adoptive parents find new challenges inherent to an open relationship with birth family. With three simple shifts, you will be able to develop a new mindset and strategy to guide you in your open adoption parenting. Discussion about the differences in types of contact and some of the new “tools” that promote semi-open contact will be assessed for how they serve children. Practical tips and examples for managing open relationships will be offered. This webinar is appropriate for pre- and post- adoptive parents living in or planning open adoption as well as adoption professionals.

Pine Mountain, GA

Start: Aug 2, 2019 2:00 PM
End: Aug 7, 2019 2:00 PM

Pact Family Camp East

Pact Family Camp East is a weeklong summer retreat where adopted children of color and their families can share their experiences while learning from experts and each other. Many families have told us that their time at Camp offers them a community they can’t find anyplace else.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Aug 6, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Aug 6, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: Aug 21, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Aug 21, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: For Adoptive Parents of Color: Talking About Adoption within Our Own Communities

Although people of color have a long history of informal and formal care of communitythe national discussion of adoption often leaves out conversations about the experiences of adoptive families headed by people of color. This webinar will be an honest conversation about the strengths and challenges of talking about adoption in communities of color. Participants will learn strategies for talking with their children, community and extended network about parenting through adoption and foster care. Appropriate for adoptive and foster parents of color  (pre and post adoption).

Emeryville, CA

Start: Sept 3, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Sept 3, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: Sept 11, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Sept 11, 2019 1:00 PM

Adoption… It’s Complicated! Raising Awareness for Service Providers (CEU''s)

Does your organization provide counseling to women facing unplanned pregnancies? Do you feel confident about how to support women and families considering an adoption plan? Or those whose children have already been placed into adoption or foster care? The only program of its kind, “Adoption…It’s Complicated!” draws on both first-hand personal experiences, and the latest research, to help service providers discuss adoption with honesty, balance, and compassion. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with pregnant women, expectant parents, and first/birth parents.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Oct 1, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 2, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Oct 2, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: Introducing the Adoption Conversation

Initiating conversations with children about being adopted can feel scary for parents who want to protect their children from feeling “less than.” Learn how to start conversations and introduce concepts without going over your child’s head. Topics will include: understanding how children understand & experience adoption, why the words we use matter, why beginning with a child’s birth makes sense, how to talk about first/birth parents and answering and anticipating children’s questions, whether they ask them or not. This webinar is appropriate for pre-adoptive parents as well as adoptive parents with young children.

Webinar, CA

Start: Oct 23, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Oct 23, 2019 1:00 PM

Webinar: Transracial Adoption for Professionals (CEU''s)

This course will orient professionals to better evaluate and support pre-adoptive & adoptive families in transracial adoption, so as to provide effective, sensitive, adoption and race-competent services to them in private practice and agency settings. Licensed and license-eligible participants will increase their ability to assess, educate and support pre-adoptive families considering transracial adoption and families already parenting across race. Specific approaches about how to talk about race and how the race of the trainer impacts those discussions will be explored. This workshop is applicable to adoption professionals.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Nov 5, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Nov 5, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: Nov 13, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Nov 13, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar:Adult Adoptees of Color Panel

Hear from adopted adults of color — born both domestically and internationally, adopted transracially, and in same race placements — about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

Emeryville, CA

Start: Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM
End: Dec 3, 2019 9:00 PM

Adult Adoptees of Color Support Group

PACER and Pact, An Adoption Alliance are collaborating to offer a free,drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.

Webinar, CA

Start: Dec 4, 2019 11:00 AM
End: Dec 4, 2019 12:30 PM

Webinar: Challenging Class Privilege in Adoption

An uncomfortable truth in adoption is the privileges that are extended [or denied] based on class in all forms of adoption, including foster care, private domestic, and international. For many families of color who built their families through adoption, or the foster care system, the class dynamics at play butt up against intersections of oppression. This seldom discussed reality is a vital conversation to building connection and challenging dynamics. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 8, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Jan 8, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: First/Birth Parent Voices

Nationwide, the adoption discussion is too often missing the perspective of first/birth parent voices and instead dominated by the voices of adoptive parents. This bias masks the fact that every adoptee has two sets of parents, birth and adoptive. Hear from first parents to gain insight and understanding of their piece of the adoption experience. This webinar is appropriate for all members of the adoption triad and adoption professionals.

Webinar, CA

Start: Jan 29, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Jan 29, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Adoptive Parent Learning: Been There Done That—What We Learned That Could Help You

Beth Hall and a panel of child welfare professionals who are also parents of teen and/or adult adoptees will talk about the things they have learned along the way and advice they offer to parents who are in earlier stages of their parenting journey based on their own life experiences. Experiences include same race adoption and transracial adoption, kinship adoption, foster adoption, infant adoption, closed adoption and open adoption. Expect honest conversation about the challenges and the joys and remember hindsight is often 20-20. Appropriate for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents as well as professionals working with these families.

Webinar, CA

Start: Feb 19, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Feb 19, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar:Transracial Adoption for Adoptive Parents of Color

Transracial adoption for parents of color is becoming more common in the adoption community. Learn about adoptive parents of color parenting across race: the experience of parenting children not only as babies but as they grow older, the steps parents took to prepare themselves for transracial adoption and the continued work they do to support their child’s race and cultural heritage in conjunction with their own. This webinar is applicable to pre-adoptive and post-adoptive parents of color parenting across race and professionals working with this population.

Webinar, CA

Start: Mar 11, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Mar 11, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Black Adoptee Voices

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often in the adoption field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. The voices of Black adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured.

Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 1, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Apr 1, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Latin-x Adoptee Voices

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often in the adoption field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. The voices of Latinx (Hispanic) adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured.

 

Webinar, CA

Start: Apr 22, 2020 8:00 AM
End: Apr 22, 2020 5:00 PM

Webinar: Asian Adoptee Voices

Hear from adopted adults about their adoption journey including the role their first/birth parents/families have had in their lives and understanding of their own identity. Too often in the child welfare field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. Pact believes that adults with first-hand experience are the truest experts on that experience. The voices of Asian adopted adults, born both domestically and internationally, will be featured.

Webinar, CA

Start: May 13, 2020 11:00 AM
End: May 13, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Racially Ambiguous, Biracial, and Multiracial Voices

Racial identity for adopted and fostered people of color, especially when they are transracially adopted, is complex, as they navigate the multiple intersections of race in a racialized world. For those who look racially ambiguous and/or embody multiple racial identities, this complexity is further magnified. This workshop will give adoptive parents of all races tools to

support the racially ambiguous, biracial, and multiracial identities of their adopted children of color. Appropriate for all triad members and professionals.

Webinar, CA

Start: June 3, 2020 11:00 AM
End: June 3, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Schools and Adoption

Children spend half of their lives in school. One way that children are taught about the world and people around them is through assignments that focus on family. When these assignments are broadened purposefully to be inclusive and respectful of many diverse family models, children growing up in “non-standard” families can relax and learn. As we wind down the school year and anticipate a new year we will reflect on ways that schools can support children who joined their family through adoption.

 

Webinar, CA

Start: June 24, 2020 11:00 AM
End: June 24, 2020 1:00 PM

Webinar: Newborns, Money, Competition, and Desperation: Promoting Ethics in Adoption (CEU Eligible)

As the landscape of adoption providers continues to be heavily dominated by for profit entities and “do-it-yourself” online matching services, solid ethics in voluntary infant placement and adoption become all the more critical. This workshop will raise questions about current practices in voluntary placements. This webinar is appropriate for professionals, expectant parents and pre-adoptive families.

Webinar, CA

Start: July 15, 2020 11:00 AM
End: July 15, 2020 12:30 PM

Webinar: Integrating the Shadow: Inner Work for Adult Adoptees

The composition of the self is multifaceted and holistic. Using a depth psychological approach to working with the inner shadow, the adult adoptee can learn to integrate and reclaim those pieces of self which have been carefully hidden away. Through shared material and collective dialog, we will discuss common shadow aspects for the adult adoptee. This webinar is appropriate for the adult adoptee, for loved ones who wish to better understand their experiences, and for helping professionals who support adult adoptees.

 

Webinar, CA

Start: Aug 12, 2020 11:00 AM
End: Aug 12, 2020 1:00 PM

Webinar:Working with Pre- and Post-Adoptive/Foster Parents of Color: Insights for Professionals(CEU)

This webinar will be an honest conversation about the strengths and challenges of talking about adoption and foster care in communities of color. Participants will learn strategies for supporting adoptive and foster parents of color throughout the adoption journey. This webinar is appropriate for professionals working with communities of color.

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