Dawn Wilson, MSW, Director of the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI), has spent more than 30 years in the human service field, focusing on child welfare, mental health, and prevention work. She has expertise in grants administration, program development and implementation. She came to C.A.S.E. in 2015 to direct the federally funded National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI). As Director, she oversees the development, pilot implementation, evaluation and national launch of two state-of-the-art web-based trainings for child welfare professionals and mental health clinicians. Her goal is to effectively address the mental health and complex challenges of children, adolescents and their families moving to permanency through adoption or guardianship.

Previously, Ms. Wilson served as a Child Welfare Program Manager with Catawba County Social Services in North Carolina where she worked collaboratively with the Duke Endowment on the Child Wellbeing Project. She developed, implemented, and evaluated an evidence-informed post-permanency service, Success Coach, to provide case management and in-home therapeutic services to improve outcomes for adoptive, guardianship and reunified families following foster care. The Success Coach service has garnered national attention as a promising practice and has received multiple awards including the 2013 Youth Thrive Award from the Center for the Study of Social Policy; the Transforming Local Government 2014 Alliance for Innovation Award, and the Harvard Kennedy School Ashe Center 2015 Innovations in American Government Award.

Ms. Wilson received her B.A. Degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.