Welcome to PACER: Post-Adoption Center for Education and Research. Celebrating over 35 years of service in Northern California’s adoption community, PACER is a nonprofit volunteer organization run by those who know first-hand what the experience of adoption, relinquishment, and loss are like – adoptees, first/birth mothers. PACER embraces openness, honesty, and truth in adoption policies, practices, and attitudes while advocating for Open Records in California.

With an estimated 6 million adoptees and roughly one third of the US population affected by adoption, PACER’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for adoptees, first/birth parents, and adoptive parents to recover from adoption, loss, and recovery. In addition, PACER is dedicated to educating lay people, professionals, and adoption triad/constellation members about the issues of adoption, loss, race, and relinquishment. PACER believes the adoptee’s voice is central to carrying out our mission. PACER offers monthly support groups, membership, on-line resources, events, outreach to community organizations, and legislative reform. Find out what’s new with PACER on our new website!

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Birthmother Sheila Ganz’ documentary On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery will premiere at the REEL Recovery Festival

Find more about her movie here

Join On Your Feet Foundation for a screening of Ann Fessler's film

Join On Your Feet for a film screening of Ann Fessler’s film A Girl Like Her with a panel discussion afterwards on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 4th.

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PACT conference

Spring Training: The Heart of Adoption is Love


An all day adoption conference for birthparents, adoptive parents, foster parents,adoptees, siblings, extended family, professionals and advocates.

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Solano Conference 2014

Foster & Kinship Care Education, Solano College

“Soaring to New Heights”

Courtyard Marriott, Fairfield

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35th Annual American Adoption Congress conference: Building Bridges for Change

Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco–Union Square

Keynote Speakers will be Leslie Pat Mackinnon, Lisa Marie Rollins, Zara Phillips, Dr. John Raible, and Rickie Solinger

Films include: Closure, Father Unknown, and Unlocking the Heart of Adoption

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Alliance for Study of Adoption and Culture Fifth International Conference

Adoption: Crossing Boundaries

Florida State University, Tallahassee

Keynote Speakers will be Jackie Kay and Laura Briggs

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Adoption Initiative: The 8th Biennial Adoption Conference

The Sleeping Giants in Adoption:
Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class

St. John’s University, Queens Campus, NY

More information here

28th ARC Summer Intensives:

Adoption on the Edge

The ARC Summer Intensives Conference is a two-day event for professionals, parents (birth, adoptive, foster, etc), adult adopted people, and extended family.

Full conference brochure here

40th Annual NACAC: North American Council on Adoptable Children conference

Kansas City, Missouri

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Concerned United Birthparents Annual Retreat

Safety Harbor, FL

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Adopt Salon Conference 2014

Jeanette Yoffe and the Celia Center

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Meet the People Behind PACER

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History of PACER

Please click on the picture above to read about PACER’s history.