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An Adoption Professional’s Guide to School-Based Support

An Adoption Professional’s Guide to School-Based Support

October 18, 2022

Ryan Hanlon

Adoption Professionals

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Studies show that adopted children are referred for special needs support within the school system at twice the rate of non-adopted children. NCFA’s recent Profiles in Adoption research, also highlights that the majority of families adopting from foster care have IEPs or 504 plans for their children. This webinar helps adoption professionals understand educational options and appropriately prepare and support parents who are navigating school-based support.

This presentation focuses on factors affecting an adopted child's academics, including early childhood trauma and deprivation, age at adoption, poor nutrition, cognitive development and attachment. Attention is also given to common school related behavioral challenges and diagnoses that can impact school functioning. Speakers also highlight interventions for a child's success, with a focus on adoption-competent assessment, parental support and the importance of trauma-informed teachers.

Ryan Hanlon, PhD – President and CEO, National Council For Adoption

Dana Poynter, MS – Executive Director of Kentucky Office, Nightlight Christian Adoptions

Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this recorded webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Describe the factors affecting adoptee’s educational outcomes.
  • Identify common educational diagnoses and school-related behavioral challenges for adoptees.
  • Examine assessments and interventions for improving adoptee’s educational outcomes
  • Give examples of effective techniques, in working with parents and teachers, to support an adoptee’s educational needs

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate

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 to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. National Council For Adoption maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2022 – 04/13/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

If you are a social worker licensed in New York, do not complete this course for contact hours. Instead visit the NY course hereThis webinar does not offer credit for NJ social workers. The state of New Jersey does not recognize ASWB ACE continuing education provider level approval. 

In order to receive their continuing education credit, attendees must participate in the entirety of the recorded webinar training, have their attendance verified, complete a course evaluation, and complete post-test with at least 80% correct. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their course continuing education certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

Other Questions? For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please contact us at or 703-299-6633.

Click here to register. Once registered, you'll be redirected back to this page where you can click on the webinar title below to get started.

Recorded 7/13/22

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