NY Licensees ONLY - Search and Reunion: Important Considerations for Adoptees

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 session focuses 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

Cost to register: $15

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


National Council For Adoption is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0681.  Social workers completing this course receive 1 contact hour.

This course is for NY social workers ONLY.  If you are not a social worker licensed in New York, do not complete this course for continuing education credit.  Instead, visit the CE course here.

In order to receive contact hours, 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 contact hours certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

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


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