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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 discusses 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

Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, 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
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 instructors please visit,, and

Recorded on November 2, 2022.
  • Genetic Testing and Adoption: Clinical Panel Discussion - Video
  • Genetic Testing and Adoption: Clinical Panel Discussion - Post-Test
  • Genetic Testing and Adoption: Clinical Panel Discussion - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever