Grief and Loss in Adoption: Helping Children Process Their Pre-Adoption History

Children that enter their families through adoption experience unique loss. This presentation will explain the factors that influence children’s reaction to loss, the four psychological tasks of grief work, healing therapies for children and teens, critical aspects of loss in foster care and adoption, and how those losses impact children. The speaker also provides effective interventions for opening communication with children and strengthening transitions and attachment to new families. This session also addresses how professionals can work with parents to understand how their children are experiencing the ambiguities of grief and loss related to adoption.

Mari Itzkowitz, LCSW – Training Specialist, Center for Adoption Support and Education

Webinar length: 60 minutes

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

  • Analyze and apply the unique issues of loss in foster care and adoption.
  • Identify factors which influence a child’s reaction to loss.
  • Summarize the four psychological tasks of grief work.
  • Evaluate effective strategies to help children grieve and embrace loss.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

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.

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Recorded 6/15/22

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