Comments from the field: "This was a useful tool for increasing our awareness of our experience as a transracial couple and family and for opening areas of exploration for us as a couple, as parents and prospective adoptive parents. For example, completing the survey helped us to recognize some important differences in our individual responses and contributions to parenting, given that one of us is Caucasian and the other Hispanic. Until now, we had focused on our simlar interests and shared bilinguality, but we had missed that for one of us transracial issues have been central to learning to be a parent, while for the other these issues have not arisen at all. Thanks for helping us dig deeper."
Susan McKenna & Rafael Coto
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A Transracial Curriculum Guide for professionals working with pre- and post-adoptive families includes sections for use with Below The Surface, a self-assessment for families considering adoption across racial and cultural lines. The videotapes "Visible Differences" and "Struggle for Identity" are described for usage in the curriculum although the videotapes themselves are not included with the Trainer's Guide. This kit offers step-by-step outlines and instructions for planning workshops using Pact materials and two instructional videotapes exploring transracial adoption issues. The trainer's guide includes advice on how to use the materials, how to establish topic priorities and suggested exercises for pre- and post- placement families. Instructions include goals, trainer preparation, agendas and handouts. Modules for 12 individual workshops as well as all-day sessions are described. Pre-Adopt Series and Post-Adopt Series Planners as well as Full-Day and Half-Day Workshop Planners are suggested.
Comments from the field: “For two decades, Pact has offered outstanding services to children of color in need of adoption…. Pact has consistently demonstrated its ability to develop and provide the highest quality of services to effectively meet the needs of these special children and their families."
Winna Davis, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Their Families
Comments from the field: "We understand the importance of developing cultural competency for transracially-adopted children and the necessity for Caucasian parents to help their children of color develop the cultural connections and the self-esteem necessary to counteract the racism that complicates our children's lives. Pact offers services essential to strengthen family unity and encourage self-esteem for their children of color."
David Carillo, Executive Director, Familias Unidas
Pact says: Features Holly van Gulden (author of Real Parents, Real Children) as well as Gail Steinberg (co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption and co-founder of Pact) and her daughter Liza are featured.
Flicka van Praagh, Director of International Adoptions, Spence-Chapin