1-Hour CE Credit

Intended Audience: 

This course is designed for adoption social workers and mental health providers.

Course Overview:

Ninety-five percent of domestic infant adoptions in the US have some degree of openness, so almost all adoptive parents need to think about creating a lasting healthy relationship with their child’s birth mother and birth father. In this course, Brenda Romanchik, a therapist specializing in trauma and adoption issues, professor of cognitive behavioral therapy in the school of social work at Wayne State University and a birth mother in an open adoption, discusses how to create a healthy open adoption.

Course Outline and Biography

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by open adoption.
  • List three factors that can impact the relationship between birth and adoptive families.
  • Name two things an adoptive parent can do to encourage a child who is resistant to visit their birth family.
  • Describe how the adoptive parent and birth parent relationship should progress.
  • Explain why adoptive parents are uncomfortable with openness in adoption.
  • List three reasons why an adoptive parent might need to reduce the amount of openness in an adoption.


Social Work Practice Level:   Intermediate

1 Hour CE Credit

Online Audio Course – Non-interactive (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded online.  You will be redirected to the certificate upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz and completing a course evaluation) 

Course Categories:  Social work practice, knowledge and skills/Social work clinical practice

Accreditations and Approvals:

Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Infertility Education and Support Nonprofit, #1488, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Infertility Education and Support Nonprofit maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 – 10/17/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hours.

For information on specific continuing education requirements by jurisdiction or mental health field, we recommend contacting your licensing board or accrediting organization for the most current requirements from your state or territory. ASWB offers a quick reference of Social Work Laws and Regulations that you may find helpful.

Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.

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*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

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