Adoption Competence

For a variety of reasons, adopted individuals and their families are more likely to use mental health services than the general population. Therefore, an adoption competent workforce becomes critical in helping adoptive parents manage these life complexities for themselves and their children across the lifespan. In addition, birth/first mothers and fathers also frequently utilize practitioners as they struggle to cope with their loss and manage ongoing relationships. This presentation discusses how mental health and child welfare professionals must possess not only the foundations for competent clinical practice, but a thorough understanding of the specific issues related to adoption. The session delves into the deeper and more unique issues, that require a thorough understanding in order for practitioners and systems to truly be adoption competent.

Dr. David Brodzinsky, PhD – Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Webinar length: 80 minutes

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

  • Explain why mental health and child welfare professionals need to be adoption competent.
  • Explain why so many adoptive families feel frustrated when working with mental health professionals.
  • Identify the knowledge base and experience needed by mental health and child welfare professionals to be considered adoption competent.
  • Identify pathways for becoming adoption competent.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate

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 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.

Other Questions? For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please contact us at or 703-299-6633.


Click here to register. Once registered, you'll be redirected back to this page and you can click on the webinar title below to get started.

Recorded 6/17/22

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