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

Adoption agency social workers are often in the position of providing counseling to expectant women or couples on their options when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This can present an ethical minefield for social workers. In this course, we cover what should be included and how to navigate potential ethical issues and coercive practices.

Outline for Expectant Parent Counseling (Options Counseling).pdf

Participants will be able to:

  • List 3 options available to women with an unplanned pregnancy.
  • Explain how to keep the expectant mother or couple's wishes front and center in this process.
  • List 3 issues prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents should discuss before a decision is made to match.
  • List 2 ideas to make the relinquishment time meaningful and less traumatic for birth parents.


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

1.0  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:  Ethics

Accreditations and Approvals:

Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Foster Care Education and Support Nonprofit submitted this course for social work continuing education for approval by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), through the NASW CE Approval program. Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Foster Care Education and Support Nonprofit maintains responsibility for the program.

NASW Approval Period: 6/2/2021 - 6/30/2022. 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 #886829466-1137) 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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