Be part of a system change for children and families!
The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) has developed two state-of-the-art, standardized, web-based trainings to build the capacity of child welfare and mental health professionals in all states, tribes, and territories to effectively support children, youth, and their foster, adoptive, and guardianship families.
NTI’s aligned trainings provide the skills, strategies, and tools professionals need to:
- Support children to heal from trauma and loss.
- Provide parents with skills to parent more effectively.
- Collaborate effectively with child welfare and mental health professionals.
- Improve outcomes for permanency, child well-being, and family well-being and stability.
What is the Goal of NTI Training?
NTI was designed to help you better understand and address the mental health needs of children, youth and their families moving toward or having achieved permanency through adoption or guardianship. It also seeks to improve collaboration between the child welfare and mental health service systems with shared language and aligned curricula.
Why is Specialized Training Needed?
Because of traumatic life experiences and compromised beginnings, many children who are adopted or in guardianship experience elevated risks for developmental, health, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The impact of these experiences and challenges compromises well-being and family stability. Learn more in the Rudd Adoption Research Program paper, “Building an Adoption Competent Workforce: A Review of the National Adoption Competency”
NTI aims to improve the outcomes by infusing enhanced permanency, adoption and mental health competency in the provision of casework and clinical practice.
Why is the NTI Training Provided at No Cost?
NTI was funded through a cooperative agreement (#90CO1121) between the Children’s Bureau, and the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) working alongside the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Institute for Innovation and Implementation.
“NTI offers an easy-to-use and comprehensive overview of the unique issues of children in adoption and foster care placement. Many adoptive families share that therapists lacking adoption competence training can, at times, do more harm than good. I have found there is very little substantive training like NTI available today.”David Brodzinsky
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