Genomics in Adoption

This page is a description for a live webinar scheduled November 2nd, 2022. If you'd like to register for this conference, please return to this page once registration opens in September.

Within the adoption community, DNA testing is often completed in hopes of better understanding an adoptee’s medical situation to compensate for a lack of family medical history. It can also be used as a tool for search and reunion. In addition, the ease at which individuals can complete a DNA test has led to a rapid rise across the country. However, many adoptees do not understand the implications of DNA testing and the potential for risks and consequences that can follow. This panel will provide adoption community with guidance and discuss practices to ensure adoptees and their families are equipped to make this decision with long- and short-term consequences in mind.

Elaine E. Schulte, MD, MPH, FAAP – Medical Director, Adoption Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore – Einstein College of Medicine

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

Judith K. Eckerle, MD, FAAP – Adolescent Health Director, Adoption Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Faculty, Center for Neurobehavioral Development Clinic; Faculty, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Webinar length: 60 minutes


National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. National Council For Adoption maintains responsibility for this course. 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 webinar training, have their attendance verified, and complete a course evaluation. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their course continuing education certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

The live webinar will also include an interactive time where attendees can submit questions for response in real-time. To participate in this live webinar, attendees must have the Zoom application downloaded to their device.

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

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