The work of the NTI would not be possible without our cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services. The Federal Project Officer is June Dorn, Adoption Specialist. A number of partners comprise the NTI Core Team, responsible for strategic planning, development of the curriculum and web-based training, selection of pilot sites, quality assurance and evaluation.
Susan Livingston Smith, LCSW, a Professor Emerita of the School of Social Work at Illinois State University and nationally known expert on child welfare and adoption is collaborating on curricula development. Smith has co-authored four books on adoption, Promoting Successful Adoptions: Practice with Troubled Families (1999), After Adoption: The Needs of Adopted Youth (2003), Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care: Traumatic Separations and Honored Connections (2009), and Facilitating Adoptions from Care (2014). She taught a course in the Post-Adoption Certificate program at Portland State University for many years and authored a module in C.A.S.E.’s TAC curriculum. Email Susan
Carol J. Bishop, MA, LMFT, co-founder of Kinship Center, California (https://Kinshipcenter.org) is collaborating on curricula development. She has worked in adoption and foster care for more than 40 years. Bishop currently has oversight for Kinship Center’s programs in child placement, kinship care, wraparound, children’s mental health and the Education Institute. She has participated in development of curricula for parents and professionals, notably ACT – An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals, the companion parent training, Pathways to Permanency II, and co-authored a module in C.A.S.E.’s TAC curriculum. Bishop is a recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award, 2006. Email Carol
Anne Atkinson, President and founder (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Virginia-based program evaluation and policy research firm will conduct scans of adoption competency training programs to inform curriculum development and jurisdictional scans for pilot site selection. She also coordinates quality assurance activities and contributes to the development of informational products. Visit PolicyWorks, Ltd. website
University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Institute for Innovation and Implementation
The University’s Institute, a major training and implementation center with nationally recognized expertise in child mental health and child welfare, will deliver the web-based curriculum and provide related technical assistance.