Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for child and family serving agencies in Massachusetts to apply for the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC). TAC is a nationally recognized program developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.).  It is jointly sponsored here in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Child & Family Services/Adoption Journeys and Walker. The goal of this offering is to support capacity development for adoption competency in child and family serving agencies in Massachusetts. Successful applicants will send up to three (but no less than two) clinical staff, including one clinical supervisor, to participate in the yearlong TAC training in which they will develop the critical competencies needed to provide quality mental health services to those whose lives have been touched by adoption. The TAC is being offered free of charge to participating agencies, with generous support from the Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center.

The TAC is a 12-session (72-hour) competency based training program followed by a 6-month clinical case consultation program for licensed or license eligible mental health clinicians who provide pre- and post-adoption services to prospective adoptive parents, birth parents, adopted persons, and adoptive and kinship families, and caretakers of foster children waiting for adoption. Trainees will participate in a full day training once per month. Beginning in September 2017 through August 2018. We anticipate that between four to six agencies will be selected to have 2-3 clinicians from their staff trained, with a maximum of twelve agency clinicians in total. In order to enhance organizational capacity in this competency, one of the trainees from each agency must be a supervisor.


For more information and an application:

Click here for a TAC Application

There will be a Q&A conference call to address questions on Monday May 15 at 4PM. The call in number is: US (Toll Free): 1- 888-757-2790  Guest:  983098. The deadline to file a Notice of Intent to apply is June 5 PM EDT, and applications are due June 15 5PM EDT.