National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI)

National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI)TM

Advancing Practice for Permanency & Well-Being!

The free, web-based National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) training enables you to better address the mental health & developmental needs of children in foster, adoptive, or kinship families.

The NTI training can enhance your practice with the goal of improving well-being and permanency outcomes. Addressing the mental health needs of children and youth in foster, adoptive, and guardianship families makes a significant difference!

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We are currently in the process of migrating the National Directory of NTI Trained Professionals to the new C.A.S.E. website.

Click below to access the current NTI directory listings:

National Directory of NTI Trained Professionals

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Child Welfare Training Resources

Download NTI Child Welfare Training guides and tip sheets for each training module.
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Mental Health Professionals Training Resources

Download NTI Mental Health Professional Training guides and tip sheets for each training module.
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NTI Training Access

Click here to learn more about access to the NTI training for individuals and organizations.
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NTI Training Implementation

Download NTI Training Implementation PDF guides for your organization.
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NTI Communication Tools

Download customizable content about the NTI trainings to share with your audiences.
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NTI Logos

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NTI Videos

Access NTI videos, interviews and training highlights to share with others.
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School-Based Mental Health Professionals Training

A free, web-based training, adapted from the NTI training, to address the complex needs of students experiencing adoption, foster care, or kinship care and support the well-being of K-12 students.
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What People Are Saying about NTI

Deputy Director, Foster Care and Adoption Child Welfare Services
“NTI is the most concise training I have seen for Child Welfare staff ever! ”
Dr. David Brodzinsky Ph.D. Psychologist & Author, NTI Advisor, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
“NTI offers an easy-to-use and comprehensive overview of the unique issues of children in adoption and foster care placement.”
Terry Cross Founder and Senior Advisor, National Indian Child Welfare Association
“Adoption competence has been a rare-find among providers. Wide use of this mental health curriculum will touch thousands of lives”
Youth Villages Chattanooga TFC Team Member
“The videos in the NTI training were my favorite part and allowed me to see how important all aspects of permanency are for the kids involved”

National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) is funded through a cooperative agreements (#90CO1121) and (#90CO1145) between the Children’s Bureau and the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

This website is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $10 million dollars with 100 percent funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government.”

For more information, please visit the ACF website