Children understand adoption differently at different ages and stages of development. How do you talk with your kids about adoption? In this course, we talk with Mark Lacava, LCSW-R, the Executive Vice President of the Pre and Post Adoption Services Department at Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children about how parents can talk about adoption with their children.

The course covers the following learning objectives:

  • Explain how children of different age groups understand adoption.
  • Discuss how openness in an adoption impacts how an adopted child understands adoption.
  • List the important points an adopted child should understand at each stage of development.
  • List some common questions that adopted children may ask about adoption at different developmental stages.

Outline for Talking with Kids 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

This course is included in the following state packages.

See links for how it aligns with each state's regulatory requirements.

Illinois packages, including: Domestic Infant AdoptionInternational Adoption, and Special Needs Foster Care Adoption
Important Information for agencies on Illinois Adoption Requirements.
Louisiana packages including, Domestic Infant Adoption, International Adoption, and Foster Care Adoption
Important Information for agencies on Louisiana Adoption Requirements.
Nebraska packages including, International Adoption and International Adoption from China
Important Information for agencies on Nebraska Adoption Requirements.
Oregon Domestic Adoption Important Information for agencies on Oregon Adoption Requirements.
Virginia packages including, International Adoption and International Adoption from China Important information for agencies on Virginia's core competencies.
Washington Domestic Adoption
Important Information for agencies on Washington Adoption Requirements.

For information specific to your state, go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway State Search site to find information on each state's requirements on background checks, consent to adoption, home study requirements, post-adoption contact agreements, adoption expense regulations, use of advertising, and who may adopt or place a child for adoption.