Supporting Adoptive Parents with Histories of Loss

This page is a description for a live webinar scheduled November 15, 2022 at 1pm. If you'd like to register for this webinar, you can do so here. A recording will be posted shortly after the live session. At which time, the course will be available for purchase.

For many prospective adoptive parents, the route to adoption can come after experiencing infertility or miscarriage. These realities may come with financial and physical hardship as well as grief and loss. This webinar will help adoption professionals better understand the grief and loss these families experience and provide resources for better supporting parents with a history of miscarriage or infertility. The speaker will discuss strategies for assessing adoption readiness, preparing parents for adoption, and sensitively navigating discussions about a parent’s history of loss.

Anna Koehle HS-BCP, CCTP – Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Xona Consulting

Webinar length: 90 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Recognize the prevalence of infertility and miscarriage and how this influences motivation to adopt.
  • Examine grief and loss through the lens of infertility, miscarriage and adoption.
  • Apply assessment strategies to determine adoption readiness for prospective adoptive parents with histories of loss.
  • Explain the intersectionality of adoptive parents’ loss with other issues connected to adoption such as building attachment and explaining the child’s the adoption story.
  • Identify pre- and post-adoption resources for adoptive parents with histories of loss.

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 1.5 continuing education credits.

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 ncfa@adoptioncouncil.org or 703-299-6633.

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