Permanency and adoption professionals and adoptive families in Minnesota have long expressed a need for improved availability and access to adoption competent clinicians. Permanency and adoptive families searching for quality post-adoption services will seek out adoption competent providers. A Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate will enable clinical mental health, child welfare and adoption professionals to increase their practice skills and market their services to this growing population of individuals and families.
- Participants with a clinical mental health background will gain an understanding of the permanency and adoption process of children in the child welfare system and how that impacts the therapeutic process for foster and adopted individuals and families.
- Permanency and adoption child welfare workers will gain an understanding of the clinical needs of children, youth and families involved in permanency and adoption, as well as knowledge of the interventions and therapies used by clinicians, so they can better advocate for appropriate clinical services for their clients.
In addition, participants will develop relationships with their cohorts, expanding the network of resources and referrals for families impacted by permanency and adoption.
The PACC program, as well as the TAC curriculum, is being rigorously evaluated. CASCW is working collaboratively with PolicyWorks, Ltd., an independent research and evaluation organization affiliated with the TAC curriculum.