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PACT AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/10/2013: PACT AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: PACT AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE

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AKA  Pact
Emeryville, CA

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PACT AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/10/2013: PACT AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: PACT AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE

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Also Known As: Pact
Physical Address: Emeryville, CA 94804 
EIN: 94-3148096
Web URL: www.pactadopt.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P31 Adoption
F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F60 Counseling Support Groups
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
Ruling Year: 1992 


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Mission Statement

Pact, An Adoption Alliance, provides the highest quality adoption services to children of color. Our primary client is the child. In order to serve the child, we address the needs of all the child?s parents, by advising families facing a crisis pregnancy and by offering lifelong education to adoptive families and birth families on matters of race and adoption. 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.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2010

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Ms. Beth Hall

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Since Nov 1991

Profile:

Beth Hall is the Director of Pact, An Adoption Alliance. She is the white adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son (both now young adults), and grew up with an adopted sister. She co-founded Pact in 1991 to combat the discrimination she witnessed against adopted children of color and their birth families. 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, Pact provides not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. She is the co-author, with Gail Steinberg, of the book Inside Transracial Adoption (Perspectives Press, 2000), as well as numerous articles on adoption and race. She is a nationally known advocate for adopted children of color who regularly lectures and leads workshops on ethical, non-racist adoption practices. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award from the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Ted, and children, when they are home from college.

Leadership Statement:

Pact has always combined entrepreneurial approaches with charitable giving to get the maximum impact out of the least amount of dollars. We take a business approach to our finances while never compromising our programmatic approach in working with clients. This combination has made us resilient and hardy.With our new strategic planning begun, we envision a future of scalable programming that will be sustained by an emergency fund that will keep our programs strong for a year even if we lose outside funding. We expect this will take three years to accomplish and step one began in the fall of 2010 when raised funds to create a reserve that will protect our stability and our services from the ups and downs of the marketplace, step two is in process as we enhance our ability to offer services in multiple geographic regions.

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Program Description:

Pact offeres Adoption facillitation services; Educational services for families relating to adoption and race, including conferences, family camps, support groups and resource information about books; and a Research project called Building Understanding which is looking at what actually happens in families of color built by adoption in terms of racial identity formation and family connection.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 13 years, Pact has placed over 750 children with families who are committed to providing them with an optimistic future.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Placement, Education, Support & Community are the metric by which we measure all of our programing. At Pact, we do much more than just adoption placement—though helping to create new adoptive families is a joyful part of the work we do. Our commitment is first, foremost, and always to the best interest of the child. That means listening to and counseling the expectant parents who contact us, and never pressuring them to make an adoption plan. It means listening to and counseling the pre-adoptive parents who contact us, and making sure they understand and are ready for the complexity of adoption, both those adopting children who share their racial heritage and those adopting transracially. It means doing outreach so that each year we are able to place more children in families where one or both parents are themselves people of color (almost 80% this year). And it means offering all these services on a steep sliding scale (and free-of-charge to expectant parents) so that low- and middle-income families are not barred from the process because of prohibitive costs. We need your help to keep our services accessible and affordable to families who want to adopt.

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