Is adopting right for you and your family?
Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. Pact provides not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. Our goal is for every child to feel wanted honored and loved, a cherished member of a strong family with proud connections to the rich cultural heritage that is his or her birthright. We advocate for honesty and authenticity in matters of race and adoption. We strongly believe that adopted children's and adults' connections to birth family and birth heritage should be respected and maintained.
Pact offers services for adoptive parents including pre-placement and post-placement parenting consultations which focus on talking to children about adoption and effective parenting strategies – we have special consultations for those parenting transracially or transculturally including both white parents and interracial families.
Whether you are deciding if you should adopt or how to do it, or have already formed your family through adoption and are seeking support and guidance as your children move through different ages and stages, we have personalized consultations available to meet your needs.
Pact is acutely aware of the unique challenges that adopted people of color face in this country. We take a practical and honest approach to the issues surrounding adoption, race and family as they pertain to your specific situation. Both before and after placement, Pact offers specially designed assessments for parents adopting transracially (across racial lines) and/or transnationally.
If you are considering adoption but are not yet sure that it is a path you want to pursue, we can provide you with information about adoption and help you sort out your thoughts and feelings about this life-changing experience. Questions we will explore together include:
Becoming a family through adoption is different than becoming one through giving birth - we know that if those differences are acknowledged and embraced, you and your child are much more likely to be successful in creating the close connection and family bond that you are hoping for.
Please note this is a different consultation than the one required for all families applying to adopt through Pact (see Pre-Placement Consultation). This session will help you consider if adoption is something you want to pursue, without specifically focusing on Pact's placement services.
Fee: $250 for a 75-minute consultation