One of the 50 zillion projects i have is working part time at Pact, an adoption alliance in Oakland, CA. I’m working as the Adoption Education Specialist, developing new and revising old adoption training and educational courses for professionals and pre & post adoptive parents. Its a complicated thing working at an adoption agency, particularly one that does any transracial adoptions, even if about 70% of the adoptions we do are same-race adoptions for children of color. Even with this statistic, most of the life-long educational support work we do is for white adoptive parents.
We’ve recently partnered with OFC (Our Family Coalition) in San Francisco and IPride/Fusion to develop a new training/ support group for queer adoptive parents focusing on transracial adoptions called Colors of our Families.
I just wanted to let you all know, its starting soon, pass this info on to folks in your community!!
Colors of Our Families
A six-session peer support group for parents to talk about issues and strategies relevant to race, ethnicity, culture, adoption and parenting.
* Free Childcare will be provided by KidSpace of the SF LGBT Center.
* The Spring 2008 group is for parents of children between the ages of 0 to 5. For families with older children please let us know of your interest as we hope to offer future groups for other age ranges.
Saturdays 2-4 pm – May 3rd, 17th, 31st, June 14th, 28th and July 12th
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street, San Francisco 94102
The cost for 6 sessions is a suggested sliding scale of $90-$120 ($15-$20 per session).
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Questions or Interest in Future Groups
Please contact Martha Rynberg, group facilitator for questions specific to the group.