Adoption Competency Training

Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)

Presented by: The Center for Adoption Support & Education and the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition

In 2007, the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) launched a multi-year initiative, Training and National Certification for Adoption Competent Mental Health Practitioners.  C.A.S.E.’s Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) is the first major product of that initiative. TAC is a training that provides licensed mental health professionals with the knowledge, skills and values they need to provide adoption competent mental health services. This standardized, manualized training curriculum has been developed in collaboration with national experts in the field of child welfare, adoption and mental health and is designed to provide professionals in the mental health and child welfare fields with the clinical knowledge and skills that they need to effectively serve the adoption kinship network. The long term goals of TAC are to expand the access of prospective adoptive parents, adopted individuals, adoptive families and kinship families to adoption competent mental health professionals; to provide adoptive families with the mental health services they need to be stable and healthy and reduce rates of adoption disruption and dissolution; and to strengthen the post adoption services offered by the mental health and child welfare systems nationwide. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is one of seven TAC replication sites.

The Training Program: The TAC

The TAC is a 13-session (78 hours) competency-based training program for licensed mental health clinicians who provide pre- and post-adoption services to prospective adoptive parents, birth parents, adopted persons, and adoptive and kinship families followed by monthly case consultation sessions over a 6-month period. Eleven sessions are classroom- based; one session is an at-home module; and the final two sessions provide participants with an opportunity to integrate learning. Each session combines information sharing, written handouts and resources, and experiential learning, including case studies, role plays, and introspective work.

For additional information, please contact: Nickie Steinhoff, Director of Training & Community Support, at 314.367.8373 x2235 (800.FOSTER.3).