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Adoption Options for Military Members

Prospective adoptive parents currently serving in the military need information that is tailored to their circumstances and reflective of the procedural challenges that can occur for military families seeking to adopt. Therefore, social workers and adoption professionals working with the military community need to be equipped with the right tools, information, and strategies for supporting these military adoptive families.

NCFA’s Adoption Education Manager, Elise Lowe, and agency member Kristine Altwies, LMFT of “A Family Tree,” present this course focused on the distinct aspects of adoption within military families. This course focuses on how the unique nature of military life can lead many to believe that adoption is not an option or a good fit for a military family, when in fact, it has been a very positive and successful way for many children to have permanent, loving homes.

Kristine Altwies, LMFT – Executive Director, A Family Tree

Elise Lowe – Adoption Education Manager, National Council for Adoption

Course length: 60 minutes

After completing this course, professionals will be able to:
• Describe important considerations for military adoptive families.
• Give examples of factors that equip military families as adoptive families.
• Consider guidance to agencies on working effectively with the military community.
• Explain recommended next steps for military families considering adoption.
• Summarize post-adoption considerations in light of a military lifestyle.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate

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 instructors please visit and

Updated January 27, 2023.
  • Adoption Options for Military Members - Video
  • Adoption Options for Miliary Members - Post-Test
  • Adoption Options for Military Members - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever