OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pact, An Adoption Alliance, announced today that its founder and director Beth Hall has received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award presented by the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University. This prestigious award honors professionals who have made substantial contributions to the field of adoption, and to the welfare of adopted individuals and their families. The award was presented on October 15 at St. John's University in New York, as part of the conference "Open Arms, Open Minds: The Ethics of Adoption in the 21st Century," at which Hall was a keynote speaker.
Beth Hall, herself the adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, almost twenty years ago. She has worked with hundreds of families from across the country, providing counseling, facilitating adoptions, leading workshops, and championing ethical, anti-racist practices in the adoption field. She is the co-author, with Gail Steinberg, of the seminal book Inside Transracial Adoption (Perspectives Press, 2000), the author of numerous articles, and a nationally recognized speaker on adoption and race.
"I am touched and honored that Pact's accomplishments are being recognized by the Adoption Initiative," said Hall. "At Pact, our focus is always on the needs of the child. We believe that every adopted child of color should be a cherished member of a strong family with proud connections to the cultural heritage that is his or her birthright. This award is a powerful affirmation of our efforts."
Programs developed under Hall's stewardship of Pact include an annual summer camp for adopted children of color and their families; a club for adopted teenagers of color; support groups for LGBT parents and parents of color who adopt children of color; and a curriculum that trains educators on how to talk about adoption and race.
Pact, An Adoption Alliance, is an Oakland-based non-profit organization that serves adopted children of color and their families. Pact offers not only adoptive placement services, but lifelong education and support for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. For more information, please visit www.pactadopt.org.
SOURCE Pact, An Adoption Alliance