March Newsletter

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Media Advisory: For Immediate Release


Legal claim forces Cambridge, MA PACT to establish

new identity as AACT



March 4, 2015 - Cambridge, MA



Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao of Cambridge, MA founded Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training (PACT) in 1982 to provide much-needed services to children and families preparing for or living in adoption, expanding the consulting and training practice through decades of service to families formed not only through adoption, but also through foster care, kinship care, guardianship, and alternative reproductive technologies.


After 33 years of operation as PACT, henceforward, Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training will be known as All Adoption Consulting and Training (AACT) pursuant to a Cease and Desist Letter issued by legal counsel for Beth Hall of Pact: An Adoption Alliance, established in 1991 in Emeryville, CA.


There have always been other child welfare and related organizations in disparate geographic regions, such as Parents And Children Together (PACT) in the UK and later Ms. Hall's Pact: An Adoption Alliance in California, using variations on the name "PACT," but Ms. Hall has legally registered the name for her organization, forcing a difficult change. The financial losses imposed through the necessary changes in design, logo, stationery materials, etc. are not insignificant, but more sharply felt are the emotional and psychological losses associated with this enforced change in identity after more than three decades - losses not unfamiliar to anyone in the world of adoption.


AACT (All Adoption Consulting and Training) will stand alone and beside the distinct program called AACT (After Adoption Consulting and Training) @Riverside (which expressly serves the Department of Mental Health of MA).These changes are being enacted immediately, trusting that Ms. Hall's legal counsel will permit the reasonable transition grace period required to alter existing materials, planned events, pre-placed advertisements, long-standing web presence, and current grants.


For inquiries regarding these changes, please contact: [email protected]





We can't wait to come back stronger than ever and to continue to provide our expert services nationally and internationally.


For this reason all logos and materials are changing.  We very much appreciate your support through this transition.


That is all I will say about that for now.  Meanwhile in Boston....




We are working hard here in the office and out and about.


I have been making some short videos and will soon begin inserting them into our newsletters.


I will be presenting at the AAC (American Adoption Congress) Conference in late March and at the Rudd Conference at UMass Amherst in April.  Both look like great conferences.


We are shaping up our ARC Conference for June 21-23 in Provincetown, MA and will make the brochure available soon.  It is going to be a bit different from past years.  We want to open dialog for differences of opinion around key issues in adoption.  It is important to listen and learn, and we hope to help that happen.  This is the best location for a conference and we hope you can come!




We have been working with a few divorced families around resurfacing adoption issues for kids who feel that they keep losing parents.  There has not been a lot done about this issue, but it is quite an important one.


I interviewed Leslie Pate Mackinnon for Gazillion Voices.  It was a great interview as you would expect because she is great!


We have been very busy with DMH cases in Tewksbury, Westboro, New Bedford, and other areas.  The cases involve families struggling with very complex mental health issues, and often a part of the solution is talking more about adoption and about the child's story.

I visited April Dinwoodie at her lovely office for the Donaldson Adoption Institute.  April is doing a beautiful job of shifting the focus at DAI and moving the agenda toward what is current and deep.


We have been working with families that are opening closed adoptions and getting ready for the "reunion" with birth families.  Many of these kids are in their early adolescence and are eager to know more about themselves as they continue to establish their identities.


Some old CFFC clients have been coming back in for 50 Thousand Mile Check-Ups.  That is great.


We celebrated the Year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram)!






AACT (All Adoption Consulting and Training)

Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao

Emily Adcox, Executive Assistant

Deirdre Jimenez, Intern



Last Chance to Register! 

A Little Day About Adoption in NYC
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10am-1pm
New York City (Upper West Side)

Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, Ed.D, LCSW, LMFT will be joined by Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, and Penny Callan Partridge to lead this workshop covering:
  • what adoption is and what it isn't
  • what the developmental issues are for all parties
  • what is normal under the circumstances for adopted children and adolescents
  • what you might want to know about adoption to be the best professional, parent, friend or relative to those in the world of adoption.
Click here for event flyer with full details
Online registration available here.
With questions, please email [email protected] or call 617-547-0909



March 13, 2015

Lost Sarees Retreat

Lost Sarees is excited to announce our 1st Annual Lost Sarees Retreat May 15-17, 2015 in Washington D.C.  Lost Sarees invites adult adoptees from India to attend a weekend retreat connecting to and celebrating our South Asian heritage and culture. Saturday activities are open to all adoptees (Indian, International or Domestic). We look forward to seeing you.

What Not To Say To An Adoptee: Part 1
What Not To Say To An Adoptee: Part 1
How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
Nadine Burke Harris

Dr. Peter Breggin

Katie Hiler

We are now able to offer some special services through AACT:





What will you receive with this package?   

  • You will have appointments with three experts in adoption who have worked in the field for many years and who know the resources and suggestions that will help solve family dilemmas.
  • You will be bumped up on waitlists to have your consultations done as soon as possible.
  • You will have a thorough intake and a genogram created representing your complete extended family ($300).
  • You will have two consultations with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao ($600), one consultation with Dr. Lisa Albers Prock ($500), and two at-home consultations with Wendy Schmidt ($500)
  • You will receive written evaluations and recommendations from all three experts and any necessary referrals ($600).


Who: Three of the leaders in adoption and clinical issues:


Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, Ed.D, LCSW, LMFT


Dr. Lisa Albers Prock, MD, MPH, FAAP


Wendy Schmidt,OTR/L, MPA


Full details available here



Contact 617-547-0909 or [email protected]



Introducing Rachel Blum Cantone


I am training Rachel Blum Cantone, and she will be seeing some clients here at 220 Concord Ave.  Please call Emily if you would like to set up a time for her to work with your family.  I am supervising her as she transfers her license from Washington to Massachusetts.




Rachel Blum Cantone is family therapy practitioner based Cambridge, MA, where she shares her time between AACT (All Adoption Consulting and Training) @ Pavao Consulting and The Guidance Center Family Outpatient Clinic. She has also worked at child and family clinics in Washington State, where she is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Rachel's master's degree in Couples and Family Therapy is from Antioch University Seattle. She is dedicated to working with families experiencing adoption-related issues and is currently participating in PACT's Certificate Program in Adoption Competency. Rachel supports people struggling with relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. Rachel lives with her husband and young son in Somerville MA.

Father Unknown will show at the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival

SATURDAY, March 21, 2:00 p.m. Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow with film subject and director David Quint and producer KT! Eaton
Call for Study Participants

I am conducting a research study that I hope will provide support and guidance for families raising transracial adoptees. The research will focus on adult transracial adoptees' perspectives of the ways their parents dealt with matters of race. The research will explore adoptees' reflections on their experiences. The goal of this research is to better understand how parents' management of racial differences in the family has affected adoptees. It will look at how this has impacted adoptees' identity development and navigation of racial discrimination.

I am a 4th year doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). I am writing to ask for your help in locating participants for my dissertation research project. Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey and engage in a thoughtful and focused discussion with this interviewer. The discussion will last about one hour. The discussion will occur at a time and place that is convenient for the participant and all information will be held in strict confidentiality.

In order to qualify for this study participants must:
1.      Be over 21 years of age
2.      Have been adopted at age 2 or younger
3.      Identify as non-white
4.      Have at least one white adoptive parent

If you are interested in participating, know of any contacts that might be of help in my search, have any questions about the study, and/ or wish to know the results when I have compiled them, please feel free to contact me at 617-863-7565 or via email at [email protected]. Additionally, I have attached a "call for participants flyer" with the above information. Thank you very much!

Dorothy Kelleher, M.A.


The Journey to Adoption:
A Support Group for Individuals and Couples
New York City

See complete details here.

Cambridge Therapy Office Space for Rent

For Adoption-Competent Therapist or for use as a Writer's Room


220 Concord Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138

On the bus line, and a brisk walk from Porter or Harvard Squares


The space has a shared bathroom, a full kitchen for employees only (available when not in use for groups), and a small waiting area. 

The office is fully furnished. No phone and no other supplies/materials provided.  We do not provide any administrative, billing, or other services.


To be rented one day per week (Monday is available)

$375.00 per month, utilities included


Call or email to set up a visit and interview.

Executive Assistant, Emily Adcox: [email protected]


Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao: [email protected]


"I believe the only true way to guarantee that children are where they are supposed to be is by doing open adoptions both internationally and domestically. Mediation and education should be done, and clear understanding by sending and receiving parents and countries/states so that ALL adoptions are ethical, legal and in the very best interest of each and every child."

 - Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao


All Adoption Consulting and Training
Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao
220 Concord Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-0909