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

Outline for Ethical Considerations and Child Buying in Intercountry Adoption

What should international adoption agency staff know about child buying and trafficking that can be found in international adoption? What are the red-flags and how to avoid them? What ethical issues should agency staff consider? in this course, we talk with Irene Steffas, an attorney specializing in both adoption and immigration law.

This course covers the following objectives: 

  • Explain how children become available for adoption under the Hague Treaty.
  • Understand the distinction between abandonment, desertion, and disappearance.
  • List issues related to finding the child's identity that might lead to child trafficking.
  • List ways to confirm the child's identity and date of birth.
  • Explain how gifts to birth parents can infer child buying.


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

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

Accreditations and Approvals:

Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Infertility Education and Support Nonprofit, # 886829466 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), through the NASW CE Approval program. Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Infertility Education and Support Nonprofit maintains responsibility for the program. 

NASW Approval Period: 6/4/2020-6/30/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886829466-7046) for 1 continuing education contact 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. NASW offers a quick reference of  Social Work Licensure Board Endorsements that you may find helpful.

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

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    Ethical Considerations and Child-Buying in Intercountry Adoption (CE)

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