Genetic Testing and Adoption: Important Considerations for Adoptees

This presentation discusses the conclusions reached during the “Genomics & Adoption Symposium,” a consensus project on best practices and appropriate uses of genetic testing for adopted persons. Bringing together leading scholars in genetics, bioethics, adoption psychology, and representative stakeholders, the Symposium’s working groups grappled with the appropriate timing of genetic tests, informed consent and genetic counseling, optimal gene panels, the role of ancestry testing and relative matching in adoptees’ identity and well-being, and key social, legal, and economic obstacles to genetic screening for adoptees.  This presentation addresses the consensus reached, on the following: 1) Informed Consent, Return of Results, and Genetic Counseling; 2) Needs and Capabilities; 3) Ancestry Testing, Relative Matching, and Privacy, and 4) Economic and Social Obstacles.

Thomas May, PhD – Floyd and Judy Rogers Endowed Professor, Washington State University Vancouver, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this recorded webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Identify key areas of debate concerning the use of genetic testing for adopted persons.
  • Explain the key concerns underlying debate concerning the use of genetic testing for adopted persons.
  • Summarize the consensus best practices for the use of genetic testing for adopted persons.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate

This webinar offers 1 Ethics CE.

Cost to register: $15

If you are a NCFA member, look for your discount code in the membership portal.


National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2022 – 04/13/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 ethics continuing education credit.

If you are a social worker licensed in New York, do not complete this course for contact hours. Instead, visit the NY course here. This webinar does not offer credit for NJ social workers. The state of New Jersey does not recognize ASWB ACE continuing education provider level approval.

In order to receive their continuing education credit, attendees must participate in the entirety of the recorded webinar training, have their attendance verified, complete a course evaluation and complete post-test with at least 80% correct. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their course continuing education certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

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Recorded 6/16/2022

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