PACT: Third Annual Collaborative Conference for Birthparents, Adoptive Parents, Adoptees, Siblings, Extended Family and Advocates

PACT an Adoption Alliance

Adoption: A Lifelong Journey

WHO:  PACT: An Adoption Alliance
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 8:30 p.m
WHERE: Head Royce School Campus; 4315 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland CA 94602
BONUS: Joyce Maguire Pavao AND Brenda Romanchik are keynotes!

Third Annual Collaborative Conference for Birthparents, Adoptive Parents, Adoptees, Siblings, Extended Family and Advocates

When an adoption takes place it affects a wide reaching collection of family members and loved ones. We will explore ways to honor individuals and the dynamic role each person plays in the lives of adopted children. In examining the lifelong journey of adoption we can recognize the joy and connection as well as the more difficult emotions of grief and/or loss. By coming together with this perspective, we can move forward to strengthen identity and self- esteem in the adopted child and each other.

Click here to see the: Conference Brochure (224KB | )


How Many Families Does It Take To Make An Adoption?

Joyce Maguire Pavao, Ed. D, is an adult adopted person who has been in reunion with her biological family for over 45 years. a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Riverside After Adoption Consulting &Training (AACT) as well as Director of Pavao Consulting and Coaching. As the former Founder and CEO of Center for Family Connectionsin Boston/NY for twenty years, Joyce and her adoption staff provided intergenerational, culturally sensitive, and systemic consulting and therapy to families touched by adoption, foster care, divorce and/or reproductive technologies.  Joyce is a long time advocate for ethical adoption practice, and post-placement support of all members of the adoption community.

Building Respectful Relationships

Brenda Romanchik, MSW, is a birth parent who placed her first child in an open adoption in 1984. She is the Clinical Coordinator for Care House in Mount Clemens, Michigan. She is the author of Being a Birth Parent: Finding Our Place andYour Rights and Responsibilities: For Expectant Parents Exploring Adoption, among others. Brenda has been an outspoken advocate for open adoption and birth parent rights. Her work emphasizes child-centered placement processes that treat all family members with respect, and recognizes the responsibilities shared by all to support the adopted child.  Brenda was the first birth parent to offer support retreats for birth parents, called Lifegivers Gatherings.

This daylong conference will prove enlightening and informative if you are:

  • A birth mother, or a member of a birth family by adoption;
  • An adoptee or non-adopted sibling of an adoptee;
  • An adoptive parent, or a person considering adoption;
  • An educator, social worker, volunteer, counselor, or other individual engaged in working with families and individuals, and other family members/individuals touched by adoption.

Afternoon Sessions and Affinity Groups Will Include The Following Topics:

  • Race and adoption;
  • Birth mother needs over time;
  • Siblings by/in adoption;
  • Handling changes in the family constellation;
  • The role of fathers (birth and adoptive);
  • Pre-adoptive choices;
  • Special topics for single parents, LGBTQ parents, adoptive parents of color;
  • Transracial adoption;
  • Adoption in schools;
  • Technology/social media in adoption.

Click here for more details: Afternoon Workshops Description (198KB | )
Click here for more details: Affinity Focus Group Lunchtime Gatherings (288KB | )

Pricing Description:

$85/ per person (CEU certification additional $35)

$100/ per person after February 15th 2013

$125/ per person at door

Please choose carefully when registering for this event. We are not in a position to refund event registration fees.

Scholarships Available

If you are a birthparent who has placed your child for adoption and you are interested in either a partial or full scholarship to attend this conference please email

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About the Author

Musings of the Lame was started in 2005 primarily as a simple blog recording the feelings of a birthmother as she struggled to understand how the act of relinquishing her first newborn so to adoption in 1987 continued to be a major force in her life. Built from the knowledge gained in the adoption community, it records the search for her son and the adoption reunion as it happened. Since then, it has grown as an adoption forum encompassing the complexity of the adoption industry, the fight to free her sons adoption records and the need for Adoptee Rights, and a growing community of other birthmothers, adoptive parents and adopted persons who are able to see that so much what we want to believe about adoption is wrong.

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