NY Licensees ONLY - Genetic Testing and Adoption: Clinical Panel Discussion

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 provides the 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, BCC– 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

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Describe the short- and long- term benefits and complexities of genetic testing for adopted persons and their families.
  • Summarize best practices and ethical considerations for medical practitioners regarding the use of genetic testing for adopted persons.
  • Examine the intersectionality of genetic testing and other issues for adopted persons such as identity, medical history, search and reunion, and understanding the adoption story.

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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Recorded 11/2/2022

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