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CASE logoMeeting the Needs of Your Adopted Child

Children who are adopted and their families may face unique challenges. To effectively help address these needs, mental health professionals should be well-equipped and trained in providing therapeutic services. The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), in partnership with content experts in the field, developed The Adoption Competency Training (TAC) for mental health professionals, so that therapists can provide the best services possible to your family. The following provides more detail about the content of the training and the specialized skills of TAC trained therapists.

Definition: An Adoption Competent Mental Health Professional
This definition was developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education in collaboration with a National Advisory Board comprised of leading adoption practitioners, researchers, advocates and policy makers and importantly, adoptive parents.

  • An adoption competent mental health professional has:
    • The requisite professional education and professional licensure
    • A family-based, strengths-based, and evidence-based approach to working with adoptive families and birth families
    • A developmental and systemic approach to understanding and working with adoptive and birth families
    • Knowledge, clinical skills and experience in treating individuals with a history of abuse, neglect and/or trauma
    • Knowledge, skills and experience in working with adoptive families and birth families
  • An adoption competent mental health professional:
    • Understands the nature of adoption as a form of family formation and the different types of adoption; the clinical issues that are associated with separation and loss and attachment; the common developmental challenges in the experience of adoption; and the characteristics and skills that make adoptive families successful
    • Is culturally competent with respect to the racial and cultural heritage of children and families
    • Is skilled in using a range of therapies to effectively engage birth, kinship, and adoptive families toward the mutual goal of helping individuals to heal, empowering parents to assume parental entitlement and authority, and assisting adoptive families to strengthen or develop and practice parenting skills that support healthy family relationships
    • Is skilled in advocating with other service systems on behalf of birth and adoptive families
For more information call Janine Szymanski, LPA at 828-695-6500