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Understanding the Impacts of Adoption on Siblings

"What about my other children"? is a question caregivers may ask as they consider foster care or adoption for their families. Or, after a child has been placed in their homes and they're experiencing the effects, they may ask, "How do I meet the needs of my other children?" Both questions are answered this course in which real-life stories of an adoptive sibling are shared, results from a study of 200+ siblings' experiences are described, and evidence-based, effective tools and strategies for meeting their needs are explained.

Jana Hunsley, PhD, LCSW – Owner and Coach, Project 1025, LLC

Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, professionals will be able to:
• Explain the various ways adoptive siblings can be affected by foster care and adoption in their families.
• Identify factors in a family that influence families’ stress levels.
• Solve problems in foster and adoptive families by incorporating strategies aimed at communication and connection.
• Apply strategies to meet the needs of adoptive siblings pre- and post-adoption and foster care.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Cost to register: $15
If you are a NCFA member, look for your discount code in the membership portal.

National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2023 – 04/13/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

This course does not offer credit for NJ or NY social workers. For more information on receiving CE credit please visit the FAQ tab. For additional information on the instructor please visit

Recorded on June 16, 2022.
  • Understanding the Impacts of Adoption on Siblings - Video
  • Understanding the Impacts of Adoption on Siblings - Post-Test
  • Understanding the Impacts of Adoption on Siblings - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever