Adoption Professionals → Cultural Competency

Navigating Race and Adoption Discussions with Children (for Professionals)

Race and adoption are challenging subjects individually. Many professionals (and parents) feel challenged by discussions of both of these sensitive subjects. This course aims to give participants tools to address these big conversations. The speakers address the ways race affects transracial adoption, where bi-/multi-racial children fit into the conversation, how to talk with children about race and adoption, and how to talk with parents about race and adoption. Participants will leave with specifics on how to address these matters regarding children in the foster care system in addition to children adopted from birth. This presentation offers a special focus on the dynamics of race and racism for black transracial adoptees but provides valuable guidance for all transracial adoptions.

Ebony Mack, MSW – Adoption Case Worker, C2Adopt

Course length: 75 minutes

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Define race and racism and explain the history of racism and oppression against people of color.
• Express the importance of creating a culturally aware, empowering environment for transracially adopted children at different developmental stages.
• Describe the impact of internalized racism on children in the child welfare system, and how to help counter these narratives.

Course level: Beginning
Credit type: Cultural Competency 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 cultural competency 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

Updated on 3/8/2024.
  • Navigating Race and Adoption Discussions - Recorded
  • Navigating Race and Adoption Discussions - Post-Test
  • Navigating Race and Adoption Discussions - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever