Adoption Professionals → Cultural Competency

Parenting Children of a Different Race or Culture

This page is a description for a live webinar scheduled February 12, 2024, at 1pm Eastern Time.
If you'd like to register for the live webinar, you can do so here:

This webinar will help adoption professionals equip and empower adoptive parents who are raising a child of a different race or culture. The speakers will explore practical strategies, insights, and resources to guide adoptive parents through the unique challenges and opportunities of this journey, and to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of identity development and cultural connection in their child's life. Speakers will discuss ways to facilitate open and constructive conversations about race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage, helping parents foster a strong sense of identity and belonging for their child. Attendees will also learn effective techniques to address common challenges, like navigating racial bias and dealing with stereotypes.

Ramya Gruneisen, MS – Lived experience
Laura Ornelas, LCSW – Director, Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency, Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
Cindy Hernandez Torchia, LCSW, LCPAA – Texas Director, CCAI

Webinar length: 90 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:
• Explain the significance of cultural and racial identity development for children adopted into families with a different race or culture.
• Examine common challenges encountered by adoptive parents, such as navigating racial bias and stereotypes, employing effective techniques to mitigate their impact.
• Demonstrate how to foster open, constructive conversations about race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage within the adoptive family.
• Describe ways to support the adoptive child in developing a healthy and affirming understanding of their heritage, a positive self-image, and strong sense of identity.
• Identify practical strategies and resources that empower adoptive parents to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities in raising a child of a different race or culture.

Course level: Intermediate
Cost to register: FREE


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.

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 on receiving CE credit please visit the FAQ tab. For additional information on the instructors please visit,,, and

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