1-Hour CE Credit

Intended Audience: 

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

Course Overview:

Should you adopt out of birth order? What risks should parents be aware of when disrupting birth order? How can adoptive parents make it easier for their children if they adopt a child older than one of their existing children? Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. David Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Clinical & Developmental Psychology at Rutgers University and former Research Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Dr. Brodzinsky is internationally known for his research, training, and clinical work in the area of adoption and has published five books, including  Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self.

Course Outline and Biography

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the risks associated with disrupting birth order through adoption.
  • Identify some situations where disrupting birth order is not in the child or family's best interest.
  • Explain techniques for helping children in a family adjust to an adoption which will change the birth order of the family.
  • Discuss the major predictor of disrupted adoptions when families adopt out of birth order.
  • Share 3 ideas for preparing young children for the adoption of a child that will disrupt the family's birth order.
  • List additional recommended resources for preparing children for the adoption of a sibling.
  • Discuss the optimal age gap of the adopted child in relation to existing children in the family.
  • Discuss the age that is least affected by having their birth order in the family changed.
  • List 3 parenting techniques that can help smooth the transition when an adoption disrupts the birth order of the children in a family.
  • List 3 warning signs that an adopted child's behavior may be the result of sexual abuse.
  • Discuss warning signs when a family who adopted out of birth order needs to get professional help and support


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.