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Talking to Friends and Family About Adoption (NY)

This page is a description for a free live webinar scheduled May 16, 2024, from 1-2pm Eastern Time. Please note: NY Contact Hours will only be offered for the live webinar (not the recorded version). If you'd like to register for the live webinar, you can do so here:

Join us for an enlightening conversation on how to talk to your friends and family about adoption! We’ll provide valuable insights to help adoptive families navigate common questions from friends and family, address potential misconceptions, manage intrusive inquiries, and turn challenging moments into opportunities for education. This session is designed to empower those considering or currently navigating the adoption journey, with a particular focus on understanding, addressing, and involving friends and family in the conversation. We’ll also offer some tailored guidance for those adopting after experiencing infertility, offering practical advice on how to share the news with friends and family that you are embarking on a new path to parenthood.

While this webinar is geared primarily towards adoptive parents, it will offer important principles and helpful practical applications that will be relevant for adoption professionals as well.

Claire Davis, LICSW-S, Program Director of Domestic Adoption, Lifeline Children’s Services
Traci Newell, LBSW-S, Senior Director of Church-Based Programs, Lifeline Children’s Services
Anna Pawley, LMSW, LCPAA, Post Adoption Manager, Lifeline Children’s Services

Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this recorded webinar, professionals will be able to:
• Describe strategies to effectively navigate common questions from friends and family related to adoption.
• Summarize skills to address potential misconceptions surrounding the adoption journey and manage intrusive inquiries.
• Give examples of methods to transform challenging moments into opportunities for education and mutual understanding.

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

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