In this course we will talk about how to talk about adoption with children and youth. The instructor is Mari Itzkowitz, a LCSW with the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE). She is an adoption-competent therapist and leader of the CASE Training Team, providing training and education to professionals and parents.

The course covers the following learning objectives:

  • Explain how talking about adoption differs by the age and cognitive abilities of the child/youth.
  • Explain the impact of openness in adoption on the process of talking with children about adoption.
  • Explain why parents should share even the hard parts of their child's adoption story.
  • Explain the pros and cons of parents introducing the idea of searching for birth family to their teen or adult adopted child.

Outline for Talking with Children about Adoption at Different Ages.pdf

*This course includes a 1-hour conversational audio lesson, a 10-question quiz, and a certificate of completion with the successful completion of the quiz at 80%. 

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

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption

 96.38 (b)(10)

*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements

Virginia Compliance



*Important Information for agencies on Virginia core competencies.

Illinois Licensing Standard §401.520

*Important Information for agencies on Illinois Adoption Requirements.

Nebraska Licensing Requirement 005.16(D)(i)(7)

*Important Information for agencies on Nebraska Adoption Requirements.