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Elevating Home Study Assessments to Equip and Strengthen Families

Join us for an enriching session that delves even deeper into conducting comprehensive home study assessments. Our experienced presenters will provide valuable insights on refining best practices, addressing complex situations that may arise during assessments, and effectively assessing dynamics within prospective adoptive families. This webinar will offer expert guidance to empower adoption professionals in conducting thorough and insightful home studies and to gain a deeper understanding of the nuanced aspects of the assessment process.

Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your expertise in home study assessments and build upon the foundation laid in the first two parts of this series: Best Practices in Home Study Assessment ( You do not need to complete these courses to attend this webinar, but they will offer a foundation for this advanced session.

Alicia Olsen, MSW, CSW – Vice President of Social Services, Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Robert Lamarche, LCSW, JD – Executive Director and Attorney, Advocates for Children and Families
Maryanne Ludwig, MSW, LICSW – Director of Family Services and Adoption, Wide Horizons For Children, Inc.
Beth Woods, MA – Executive Director, Hope’s Promise

Webinar length: 85 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:
• Apply practical strategies for addressing and managing difficult situations or potential red flags that may arise during the home study process.
• Examine historical factors that families may bring into the adoption process, including criminal history, substance abuse history, chronic mental health issues, and recent experiences of grief and loss.
• Integrate cultural sensitivity and competency strategies into home studies for a diverse range of families.
• Identify strategies for engaging families that are resistant to concepts like trauma, cultural competency, and openness with the child’s birth family.
• Formulate a team-based approach in the home study process. This includes effectively collaborating with other professionals and service providers, such as agency staff, medical providers, employers, mental health providers, and other relevant stakeholders, to gather comprehensive and accurate information for the assessment.

Course Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Cost to register: $20
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 additional information on the instructors please visit,,, and

Recorded on 11/2/2023.
  • Elevating Home Study Assessments - Recorded
  • Elevating Home Study Assessments - Post-Test
  • Elevating Home Study Assessments - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever