Adoption Professionals → Medical, Mental, and Educational Wellbeing

Counseling Expectant and Birth Parents

Expectant parents facing an unplanned or unintended pregnancy should have accurate information about their birth options, whether that be parenting or adoption. It can be challenging to either offer information about adoption when expectant parents are focused on parenting or to raise the option of parenting for the parents focused on adoption. This course provides guidance on how to initiate such conversations, why it matters, and some of the pitfalls in providing birth options counseling.

Kris Faasse, LMSW, ACSW – Retired Senior VP of Clinical Operations, Bethany Christian Services

Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, professionals will be able to:
• Demonstrate how to initiate conversations about adoption with expectant parents and provide accurate information in an empowering, non-coercive manner.
• Examine the issues connected to exploring birth options such as preparedness to parent, support systems, and grief and loss.
• Describe important ethical considerations for discussing birth options with expectant and birth parents.
• Identify resources to support expectant and birth parents pre- and post-adoption

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate
Credit type: Ethics CE

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 ethics 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 November 2, 2022.
  • Counseling Expectant and Birth Parents - Video
  • Counseling Expectant and Birth Parents - Post-Test
  • Counseling Expectant and Birth Parents - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever