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Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is 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 for adoptees and their families on matters of adoption and race.

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If you are interested in a domestic adoption, and having a child of color joining your family, then I HIGHLY recommend Pact, An Adoption Alliance.  They are a truly non-profit, local, national leaders, and serve only children of color.  We went through them over 14 years ago, and couldn't have been happier with the process.  They are VERY caring, first to the mother who is pregnant, to assess and serve her needs and preferences, with the ultimate interest of serving the child.  They avoid the roller-coaster ride for prospective adoptive parents, and prepare the prospective adoptive parents ahead of time.  They also continue to support birth parents, and provide ongoing services for adoptees.  The adoption process can be so de-humanizing, but Pact has worked long and hard to change the field, by example, through consultations to other agencies, through workshops, and regional and national conferences.

I don't have a therapist recommendation but highly recommend PACT as a great Oakland-based resource for transracial adoptive families. They have all sorts of support, and I am sure could help provide guidance:

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Aug 2010

Re: Seeking a domestic adoption agency
I knew that I wanted to adopt through the foster system and had an excellent experience with Family Builders, which has an Oakland office. I also highly recommend Pact (also in Oakland). Again, they did not do our adoption but are an excellent resource. I wish you the best!

April 2010

Re: First-time adoption - which agency? which attorney?
In part it depends what kind of adoption you are interested in--international, domestic, foster-adopt...If you are interested in adopting domestically an infant of color, I highly recommend Pact in Oakland. Adoption Connection in San Francisco is also a reputable agency for domestic adoption.

June 1999

A respondent to the person requesting info about adoption organizations characterized Pact of San Francisco as doing biracial adoptions. Pact is a non-profit adoption facilitator with offices in Oakland and San Francisco. Their work is placing children of color with adoptive parents/families of all ethnic backgrounds. Some but not all of the infants they place are African American or of mixed race who are adopted by white parents (transracial adoption). An enormous aspect of Pact's mission is to provide support and education about race and adoption to its many members and clients throughout the over the U.S. They are also a great source of books about race and adoption for kids and adults, as well as offering for sale a huge selection of kids' books featuring children of color.

Pact's number is (415) 221-6957.

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