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Adult Attachment Styles: A Home Study Assessment Tool

Attachment issues are a common topic of discussion in adoption circles, which frequently focus on the child’s early trauma. But attachment is a dance that occurs within a relationship. How do parents’ attachment styles impact an adoption, and how can we assess that during the home study process? What can we learn from adult attachment styles to help us equip adoptive families to be more successful? This presentation will look at the steps taken to identify and assess adult attachment styles during the home study process. Strategies for using this data to inform training and preparation will also be explored.

Jennifer Knight, LISW – Director of Social Services Ohio, America World Adoptions
Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, professionals will be able to:
• Describe Adult Attachment Style Tools.
• Summarize the relationship between Adult Attachment Style and Parenting Style.
• Analyze the distribution of characteristics present in prospective adoptive parents.
• Identify training and research opportunities for utilizing adult attachment style as a home study assessment tool.

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 webinar 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

Recorded on 8/1/23.
  • Adult Attachment Styles: A Home Study Assessment - Video
  • Adult Attachment Styles: A Home Study Assessment - Post-Test
  • Adult Attachment Styles: A Home Study Assessment - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever