Human Services

Pact An Adoption Alliance

  • Emeryville, CA
  • www.pactadopt.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Pact Family Camp
  2. Spring Training
  3. Monthly Educational Workshops
  4. Online Webinars
  5. Teen & Tween Club
  6. Adoptive Parents of Color Circle
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area,

@ 50% of the families
Pact serves are local, another 20% live in other parts of California with the remaining 30% from all other areas of the US.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 1991

Self-reported

Ms. Beth Hall

Keywords

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Pact an Adoption Alliance, non-profit, social services, organization, family services, human services, adoption, facilitator, adoption placement, adoptive servies, community support, agency

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Also Known As

PACT

EIN

94-3148096

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adoption (P31)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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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.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Pact Family Camp

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.

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Spring Training

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Monthly Educational Workshops

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Online Webinars

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Teen & Tween Club

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Program 6

Adoptive Parents of Color Circle

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area,

@ 50% of the families
Pact serves are local, another 20% live in other parts of California with the remaining 30% from all other areas of the US.

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Financials

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Pact An Adoption Alliance
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Pact An Adoption Alliance

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Beth Hall

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ojas Rege

MobilIron

Term: Dec 2011 - Oct 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?