Pact, An Adoption Alliance
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 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. We also strive to identify and counteract "adoptism," an unfortunately common social prejudice that challenges the legitimacy of the choice to place a child for adoption or to build a family by adoption. Finally, as an organization committed to children of color, we feel it is essential to educate ourselves and others about the pervasive power of race and racism as they affect our children, our families, ourselves and our society.
- Every child deserves to grow up in a permanent, nurturing home.
- Racism and "adoptism" exist and must be actively combated.
- Same-race adoption is easier for children.
- Transracial adoption can work beautifully if the parents are serious about helping their child build a positive racial identity.
- Adopted children and adults deserve as much information about and connection to their birth heritage as possible.
- Children thrive when they have the opportunity and support to explore all aspects of their identity.
- Adopted people deserve to know their full heritage and should have access to all of their records and birth history.