National Training Initiative (NTI)

Advancing Practice for Permanency & Well-Being!

NTI free web-based training enables you to better address the mental health & developmental needs of children in foster, adoptive or guardianship families.

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NTI can enhance your practice with the goal of improving well-being and permanency outcomes.

NTI is the most concise training I have seen for Child Welfare staff ever! It gets to the heart of the work, and really gives hands on tools for staff to use in supporting children and families. I keep sharing information with the rest of the child welfare executive team, regarding the training, and am excited for our entire system to get this information as soon as possible.

-Deputy Director, Foster Care and Adoption Child Welfare Services


For a variety of reasons, mental health professionals typically do not receive the training required to fill adoption-related counseling needs and, too often, either do not fully understand why such training is necessary or mistakenly believe the knowledge they already have is sufficient.

– Dr. David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. Psychologist & Author


Adoption competence has been a rare-find among providers. Wide use of this mental health curriculum will touch thousands of lives and help reduce unnecessary emotional pain that can grow and fester when the underlying issues are missed or ignored.

-Terry Cross, Founder and Senior Advisor, National Indian Child Welfare Association

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. The training allowed me to see that permanency doesn’t just stop at adoption or stepping down, but that it is a continuum of services that these kids need to succeed.

-Youth Villages, Chattanooga TFC Team Member

Addressing the mental health needs of children and youth in foster, adoptive, and guardianship families makes a significant difference!

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About NTI

Learn more about NTI’s impact on Child Welfare and Mental Health practice, and why other related roles should care.

Webinars & Events

Join the conversations from across the nation at NTI webinars and events!

NTI Curricula

Explore NTI’s Child Welfare and Mental Health curricula. Start from the snapshot view, then dig deeper!

Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Grant #90CO1121.
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