Search and Reunion: Important Considerations for Adoptees

This page is a description for a virtual conference session scheduled for November 2nd, 2022. If you'd like to register for this virtual conference, please do so here.

The rise of mail-in genetic testing and the increasing transparency in many states around adoptee birth records have created many new opportunities for children who were adopted to reunite with members of their biological family. When that search and reunion process happens, it can be a joyous occasion. It can also end poorly for one or more parties if they are not ready for this communication and relationship. This presentation will focus on how to prepare and guide members of the adoption community to participate in these relationships, including setting expectations, understanding motivations, and options for utilizing intermediaries and others to help facilitate a smooth and healthy relationship.

Debbie Riley, LCMFT – CEO, Center for Adoption Support and Education

Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Examine why adopted persons seek connection 
  • Identify common fears, questions and concerns of all circle members involved in search and reunion 
  • Give examples of strategies for handling common post-reunion relationship challenges 
  • Discuss the impact of technology, social media, and DNA testing on search and reunion.
  • Demonstrate how adoptive professionals can take a proactive approach in discussing openness and search and reunion with adoptees and their families.
  • Identify important ethical considerations for adoption professionals when supporting adoptees and adoptive families through the search and reunion process.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate


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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