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Adoption Subsidies 101: Understanding Federal and State Adoption Assistance

This page is a description for a live webinar scheduled September 26, 2023 at 1pm EST. Please note: NY Contact Hours will only be offered for the live webinar (not the recorded version).
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This webinar will offer a general overview of adoption assistance and subsidies at the Federal and State level. The speakers will discuss interstate issues; eligibility concerns; common mistakes; and the process for applying for non-ward subsidies. This content is for pre-adoptive parents and adoption professionals with little to no knowledge on subsidies. The information being shared in this presentation is built from a working group of NCFA, AAAA, and Families Rising (formerly known as NACAC).

Ryan Hanlon, PhD, LMSW – President and CEO, National Council For Adoption
Genie Gillespie, JD – Partner at Gillespie Law Group, LLC
Jennifer Kelly, MS – Program Director, ACF Adoptions+ and Executive Director, Adopting Joy Consulting
Josh Kroll – Project Coordinator, Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, Families Rising
Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:
• Identify interstate issues and eligibility concerns for federal and state adoption assistance and subsidies.
• Give examples of common mistakes made when applying for adoption assistance and subsidies.
• Describe the process of applying for non-ward subsidies.
• Explain the role an adoption professional can have in assisting families to apply for subsidies.

Course level: Beginning
Cost to register: FREE

National Council For Adoption is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0681. Social workers completing this course receive 1 contact hour.

In order to receive contact hours, attendees must participate in the entirety of the webinar training, have their attendance verified and complete a course evaluation. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their contact hours certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

The live webinar will also include an interactive time where attendees can submit questions for response in real-time. To participate in this live webinar, attendees must have the Zoom application downloaded to their device.

Please note that NY contact hours will only be offered for the live webinar. For more information, please visit the FAQ tab. For additional information on the instructors please visit,, and

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