Throughout the year, Pact, a nonprofit adoption alliance, coordinates events for adoptive parents and adopted children. For the fall of 2013, the group has organized events designed to build community, honor birth parents, and offer parenting insight. One such event, titled “To Love and Let Go: Riding the Roller Coaster of Parenting Adopted Adolescents,” will address the challenges of raising an adopted teen or tween. The half-day workshop will take place on November 2 at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, California.
Led by Pact’s cofounder and director, Beth Hall, this event aims to help parents better understand the unique struggles their adopted adolescent is facing, including the formation of a racial identity. Furthermore, parents will come away with a better idea of how they fit into this journey and how they can maintain clarity through what can be a volatile period in their child’s life.
A member of the Board of Directors of Pact, Neal Mazer, MD, MPH, practices psychiatry in Santa Barbara, California. Using a strengths-based approach, Dr. Neal Mazer helps children and adolescents identify and build upon their interests and abilities as they work to manage emotional and behavioral conditions.