Welcome to PACER: Post-Adoption Center for Education and Research. Recognizing over 35 years of service in Northern California’s adoption community, PACER is a nonprofit and grassroots volunteer organization run by individuals with a lived adoption experience. With an estimated 6 million adoptees and roughly one third of the US population living with an adoption experience, PACER knows that adopted individuals’ and first/birth parents’ voices are central to dispelling the myths and misperceptions about adoption and relinquishment. Overall, PACER advocates for openness, honesty, and transparency in adoption policies, practices, and attitudes.
PACER’s mission is to enable a safe and supportive community of recovery and to provide mental health services, referrals, and resources for adopted individuals, first/birth parents, and adoptive parents in order for healing and growth from the lifelong experience of adoption, loss, and relinquishment to occur. In addition, PACER is dedicated to educating lay people, professionals, and adoption triad/constellation members about the complex nature of adoption and relinquishment. PACER offers integrated mental health and human services such as monthly peer-led support groups, professional referrals, as well as membership donation, educational resources, community events, and open adoption records legislative reform.
Become a Member of PACERReasons why your Membership Donation is Important
- To support our educational and outreach efforts to inform lay persons, professionals, and adoption triad/constellation members – adoptees, first/birth parents, adoptive parents, and their families – about the lifetime affects of relinquishment, loss, and adoption.
- To support our monthly drop-in support groups for triad/constellation members in Northern California. Our peer support groups continue to be highly-valuable, validating, and welcoming to those who attend.
- To support our unique and special advocacy work on behalf of triad/constellation members that only PACER provides in Northern California. All of our educators, group facilitator leaders, and board members have been personally affected by adoption, loss, and relinquishment.
- To support our mission for transparency, honesty, and openness in adoption policies and practices. We are not an adoption agency so we have no agendas.
- To become part of our welcoming and committed community of adoptees, first/birth parents, adoptive parents, and family members.
- To join the fifth wave to reform California’s existing Closed Adoption Records. PACER holds firm that California adoptees have an absolute and human right to access their original birth certificates. Other states are changing their laws, we think it’s about time that California does, also!
Birthmother Sheila Ganz’ new documentary elevates the importance of family preservation, and awareness of issues involving addiction and prison, by following 5 women who battle to remain sober and stable. Please consider supporting this important film and making a monetary contribution. Read PACER’s review of the film here.
Read PACER’s interview on Cindy Rasciot’s website Talking Heart to Heart. Cindy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and helps support adoptive parents and families with support groups and clinical services. Her office and groups are located in the Bay Area.
PACER's Facilitators Fall training
Join us for PACER’s facilitators training at Rush Ranch in Solano County on October 18th. This training is geared toward PACER facilitators and board members but anyone who is curious about PACER and our peer-led support groups is more than welcome to attend. More details about the event are soon to follow.
PACER’s president April Topfer was recently interviewed for the blog titled Secret Sons & Daughters. She was asked about the history of PACER, PACER’s peer-led support groups, and PACER’s stance on open records.
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.
Solano Conference 2014
Foster & Kinship Care Education, Solano College
“Soaring to New Heights”
Courtyard Marriott, Fairfield
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
Kinship Families Matter! Kinship Conference
Lincoln Child Center, Family Support Services of the Bay Area, Alameda County Social Services Agency, Casey Family Programs, Legal Assistance for Seniors, and Las Positas College are hosting a Kinship Conference on Saturday, May 31st for relative caregivers needing support, resources, information or appreciation.
This is a free event for caregivers and their children, ages 0-17.
Saturday May 31 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Lakeside Park Garden Center – 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland(Off Grand Ave., enter at Fairyland)
Parking is $5 per vehicle in the Fairyland lot. Street parking is available on Grand Avenue and adjacent streets. From the 19th St. BART station, take AC Transit bus line 12, 58L or NL along Grand Avenue.
The hosts ask that those who plan on attending RSVP by calling (510) 273-4700, extension 4157#. Registration ends May 23rd.
The day will feature: • Workshops for caregivers and teenagers • A day of fun activities for youth ages 6-12 • Childcare for 0-5 year old • Delicious lunch and snacks for all • Raffle prizes • Resources, advocacy and information • Networking opportunities
Join the fun at Camp ALWAYS 2014–The Award-winning adoptive family camp, designed and implemented by Adopt A Special Kid (AASK). The camp provides families who have adopted from foster care with respite, education, social-networking and recreational opportunities.
Pact Family Camp
A Gathering for Adoptive Families With Children of Color
Putting It All Together: Adoption, Race & Family
Granlibakken Conference Center 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City CA 96145
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
Adoption Initiative: The 8th Biennial Adoption Conference
The Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class
St. John’s University, Queens Campus, NY
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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.
40th Annual NACAC: North American Council on Adoptable Children conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Concerned United Birthparents Annual Retreat
Safety Harbor, FL
Adopt Salon Conference 2014
Jeanette Yoffe and the Celia Center
at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, CA
“Let’s Talk Adoption” Conference
Coordinated by Concerned Persons for Adoption
at Rutgers University
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