What is Pact Camp?

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What is Pact Camp?

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So, we started Pact Camp about 10 years ago because we heard from a lot of adult adoptee's that they have almost never been around other adults who have been adopted when they were growing up. How do we learn hoe to be who we are if we don't have role models for who we are. So we understood that we need to bring together kids and their families because remember in adoption we don't want to separate kids from families. We want to make sure that we are acknowledging that this is a legitimate kind of family so we bring everyone together and we talk about it, we talk about it and we have fun, we laugh, we cry, we learn but we talk about it. And the most amazing thing for me about Pact Camp to work actually, we have anywhere from 50 to 100 families that come every year. But the most amazing thing for me is of the end of every camp there is at least 1 child who comes up to me and says "I want to live at Pact Camp" because when I am in the world, no gets me, no one talks about what it feels like to be adopted or to be race I am, or to have a different race parent but when I am at Pact Camp, people understand. And I get these letters that just convince me, we need to bring this kids together so that they can learn to find their unvoiced and feel good about themselves.
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Director, Pact - An Adoption Alliance

Beth Hall is an adoption educator who co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters; racism is alive; and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award, from the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University. She currently serves as a contributing author and advisory board member for “Adoption Clubhouse,” a project promoting positive identity in transracially adopted children for the Evan B. Donaldson Institute for Adoption and as an Advisory Board Member for the On Your Feet Foundation, dedicated to supporting birth mothers of adopted children.Commitment to family is a way of life for Beth. She is the white adoptive mom of two young adults: Sofia, a Latina, and James, an African American. Beth grew up a member of an adoptive family—her sister, Barbara, was adopted. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and sometimes her adult children, when they are home.

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