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Supporting Adoptive Parents with Histories of Loss

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 course helps 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 discusses 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

Course length: 90 minutes

After attending this course, 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

Cost to register: $20
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 1.5 continuing education credits.

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 15, 2022.
  • Supporting Adoptive Parents with Histories of Loss - Video
  • Supporting Adoptive Parents with Histories of Loss - Post-Test
  • Supporting Adoptive Parents with Histories of Loss - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever