October 3, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT

For Professionals & Agency Staff

Professional and agency staff often wonder how they can best support foster and adoptive families, including the biological children. This presentation will examine the experiences of biological children, allow agency staff to consider approaches to engaging with biological children, and inspire a more holistic care for the entire foster or adoptive family.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to define and describe "biological children."
  • Be able to identify potential challenges that biological children may face.
  • Be able to explain the possible positive and negative impacts of foster care and adoption on biological children.
  • Be aware of avenues and resources available to prepare biological children.
  • Be able to articulate the variety of ways to support biological children.


Daniela Coats is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)Daniela Coats is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Texas (Under the supervision of Suisan Walker, LCSW-S). She works as an undergraduate- and graduate-level, adjunct instructor at two CSWE-accredited universities, as well as with children as a therapist at Be Still Counseling and Consulting. Daniela has also previously worked for a local child-placing agency, and has been providing training for foster and adoptive parents for 8 years. She is the mother of 6 children, 4 of whom are adopted. Her parents also fostered and later adopted, giving her experience as a ‘biological child.’ Daniela is passionate about supporting the whole family - especially birth children!


Are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) provided through this training?

We are happy to offer .10 social work and counseling CEUs. Certificates of Completion of 1 contact hours is also available for all attendees.

Is this event virtual?

Yes.  The event will be broadcast on ZOOM.

Will the event be recorded?


Where can I find other Gladney University trainings?

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Considering the Biological Child