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Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is a national leader transforming the mental health of the Adoption, Foster, and Kinship Community.

Nurture. Inspire. Empower.

C.A.S.E. offers specialized adoption-competent in-person and teletherapy, case management, parent and teen support groups, and educational resources, including parent and professional trainings.

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Our Vision

A world where every child and family connected to adoption, foster and kinship care thrives.

Our Mission

To improve the well-being and permanence of children and their families by providing adoption competent mental health services, advancing learning to build a responsive national network of professionals, and transforming policy and practice through research and advocacy.

Who We Serve

Our highly trained adoption competent therapists are prepared to support the unique challenges of adoption, foster and kinship care. C.A.S.E. serves all individuals and families regardless of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Youth/Teens in Adoptive Families
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Youth/Teens in Adoptive Families

Children, teens and parents connected to the adoption experience and the variety of concerns that arise at different stages of development.

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Youth/Teens in Foster Families
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Youth/Teens in Foster Families

Challenges that arise for youth in foster care, placed in an unfamiliar household, usually under traumatic circumstances; and for foster parents who seek to provide a stable, loving environment.

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Youth/Teens in Kinship Families
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Youth/Teens in Kinship Families

Children and teens who are raised by a family member – face similar challenges as other adoptive families. This type of care is referred to as a kinship family. Across the U.S., currently there are 2.5 million children and teens in kinship care.

 

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Adoptive, Foster or Kinship Lived Experience
Adults
Adoptive, Foster or Kinship Lived Experience

Adults with adoptive, foster or kinship lived experience – often have challenges appear at significant life transitions such as marriage, pregnancy or parenthood; and when considering search and reunion with their birth parents.

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Expectant & Birth Parents
Birth Parents
Expectant & Birth Parents

If are considering an adoption placement or if you have a child who has been placed in adoption, foster or kinship care, we are here to provide support and tools necessary to navigate the wide array of emotions surrounding this profound experience.

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Prospective & Waiting Adoptive Parents
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Prospective & Waiting Adoptive Parents

If you are considering adopting a child or teen, C.A.S.E. will help you manage the complexities of the process.

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Unique Challenges
of Adoption, Foster & Kinship Care

Due to traumatic life experiences and compromised beginnings, many children who are adopted, who are being raised by relatives (kinship care), or have experienced foster care have higher risks for developmental, health, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. In addition, there are oftentimes complex racial, ethnic, and cultural issues inherent in families who adopt transracially, transculturally. Understanding and addressing the impact of these experiences is vital to positive outcomes. Seeking support from an adoption support center can provide essential resources and guidance for families navigating these complexities.

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Mental Health Services

C.A.S.E. offers specialized adoption-competent in-person and teletherapy, case management, parent and teen support groups, and educational resources, including parent and professional trainings.
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National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services

Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) has been awarded a 5-year Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to launch the first-ever National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services (The Center).
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C.A.S.E. Academy

The C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice is for mental health professionals of all levels to grow and deepen in adoption, foster, kinship specialty practice across the country.
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National Training Institute

The C.A.S.E. National Training Institute is the culmination of more than 25 years of hands-on clinical expertise with foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
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Webinars

C.A.S.E. offers in-demand and live webinars focused on a variety of relevant topics for adoptive, foster and kinship parents as well as the professionals who serve them.
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Support Groups

C.A.S.E. offers a variety of free virtual and in-person support groups throughout the year including teen identity, parent led and caregiver support groups.
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Book Store

Purchase C.A.S.E. educational books & resources including Beneath the Mask books, W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbooks, The Whole Me and 52 Ways to Talk About Adoption Card Deck.
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Signature Events

Increase recognition of your commitment to our community and children’s mental health when you sponsor a C.A.S.E. signature event.
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National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services

Building bridges between child welfare systems and state mental health systems is key to bringing about systemic change to improve the mental health outcomes for children in care and in adoptive and guardianship homes.

Funded by United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau in October 2023, the newly launched National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services will provide targeted technical assistance and evidence-informed training to strengthen coordination and capacity among child welfare and mental health systems to improve the quality of mental health services provided to children, young adults, and their families while in care and in adoptive and guardianship homes.

C.A.S.E. will work with national leaders as well as parents and young adults with lived experience to deliver new and enhanced support and training to states, tribes, territories, professionals, and peer support to professionals to meet the needs of children and families. The Center will be funded at $4 million for each of the five-year award.

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Expanded Learning Opportunities for Professionals

Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency
Clinical Learning
Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency

At the C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice, therapists of all levels will grow and deepen in adoption specialty practice. In this optimal learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to immerse in evidence-based and informed trainings while benefitting from C.A.S.E.’s field-tested adoption competent therapeutic approach.

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Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)
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Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)

 

Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) is the nation’s premiere assessment-based certificate program for developing adoption competency skills.

This evidence-based, nationally accredited program has 19 training centers across the country, over 1,800 graduates (and growing) and received accreditation from the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), making it a recognized top-tier program dedicated to public protection and excellence in practice.

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National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative
NTI
National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative

NTI is a free web-based training developed to help professionals working in the mental health and child welfare fields to better address the mental health & developmental needs of children in foster, adoptive, or kinship families.

NTI is funded through a cooperative agreements (#90CO1121) and (#90CO1145) between the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Heath and Human Services, and the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.).

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School-Based Mental Health Professionals Training
School-Based
School-Based Mental Health Professionals Training

The School-Based Mental Health Professionals Training is a free web-based training created to equip school mental health professionals with resources and tools to support foster, adoptive, kinship children and their teachers in school-settings.

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Families Thrive.

None of the important work C.A.S.E. does is possible without your generous support. You can help adoptive, foster, & kinship families get the support they need to heal and thrive. Read Jayra's Story

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What People Are Saying About Us

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Adoptive Family
“The support C.A.S.E. has provided to me, my husband, and our two adopted children has been phenomenal. ”
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Adoptive Parent C.A.S.E. Client
“Great knowledge of the specific relationships, emotions, and phases of adoption through foster care; all of the resources for adoptive paren”
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Adoptive Family
“NPAC post-adoption support coaches helped me obtain specialized services that my child needed. ”
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Adoptive Parent C.A.S.E. Client
“My son really enjoys his sessions and likes to talk about what his thinking and feeling with his therapist. he likes when the issues he is d”
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Adoptive Family NPAC Client
“NPAC post-adoption support coaches suggested that my child may have sensory needs. We then sought help from an occupational therapist that h”
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Adoptive Mom W.I.S.E. Up! In-Demand Webinar Participant
“This was one of the most helpful trainings I have ever listened to. We recently adopted our son in March and I have had many questions. ”
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Adoptive Parent C.A.S.E. Client
“The expertise of the therapists, the non-judgmental approach to helping parents, the compassion and understanding they show towards our fami”
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Strengthening Your Family Webinar Participant
“This was one of the best webinars I have been in! So many practical applications… Being able to walk away, not just with knowledge, but with”
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Teen Identity Support Group Attendee
“Everyone [in the group] was very welcoming and I didn’t feel…alone, I met others who were adopted…which made it easier for me to talk openly”
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Training Participant
“The presentation was very helpful. As a resource social worker, I felt that this training was essential for this time...”
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Teen Adoptee W.I.S.E. Up! Video and Workshop Participant
“Being adopted is really not that easy. You get a lot of questions that you don't want to answer but you don't want to say it in a rude way.”
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Strengthening Your Family Webinar Participant
“The presenter was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. She clearly had a passion for working with adoptive families/ad”

Our Partners 

"At Jockey Being Family, we believe that every child deserves to grow up with a loving family in a forever home. We are truly proud to partner with an organization like C.A.S.E. Not only do we know that they share our vision for families, but they have the tools, resources and knowledgeable staff to help make that become a reality. "
Jake McGhee
Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer Jockey
"We were thrilled to provide the W.I.S.E. Up!®Powerbook (for Children in Foster Care) created by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) to each of our 120 Wendy's Wonderful Kids professionals to use with the children they serve. "
Rita Soronen
President and CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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For General Information: 301-476-8525 | caseadopt@adoptionsupport.org

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

All C.A.S.E. employees, interns, volunteers, consultants, subcontractors, clients and families have the right to be treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

C.A.S.E. serves all individuals and families regardless of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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