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The Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE) is the lead organization for the National Center. CASE is nationally recognized for its pioneering work in adoption-competent mental health services and fostering the development of a highly skilled adoption-competent workforce through its National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI), also funded by ACF.



Our Partners


CASE is excited to partner with 7 organizations that were chosen due to their deep expertise that can drive the Center’s success. Our collaborative team reflects the principles and expertise that the Children’s Bureau requires for this Center to advance, with top organizations on youth voice, family voice, racial equity, and the evaluation of capacity building and system change efforts.

Area of Expertise: Lived Experience/Capacity building

Area of Expertise: Capacity building in mental health (MH)/Change Leadership and Systems Change/Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Implementation

Area of expertise: Youth engagement/Capacity Building/Systems Change/technical assistance (TA)

Area of expertise: Family engagement/Capacity Building/Systems Change/Lived Experience/technical assistance

Area of expertise: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work/capacity building in disproportionately impacted communities/technical assistance

Area of expertise: Adoption Competence/Data/Evaluation

Area of expertise: Capacity Building Evaluation/Data/Evaluation

The Baker Center for Children and Families
The Baker Center

The Baker Center for Children and Families promotes the best possible mental health of children and families through the integration of research, intervention, training, and policy. The Baker Center’s success in assisting MH systems to strengthen their programs, policy, and practice to improve outcomes for youth will provide an important context for The Center. The Baker Center brings unparalleled expertise in advancing and improving MH access for youth and families, technical assistance in systems transformation, and integrating evidence-based practices informed by research, including SAMHSA grants.

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Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association
The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)

The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) is a national association of executive directors and leaders from family-run organizations (FROs) committed to all children, youth, and young adults with social, emotional, substance use, and multi-systems challenges, their families, and the agencies that serve them. Their role is to reflect the collective experiences of family organizations across the country in their work and to develop the tools they need to accomplish theirs. Many of its member organizations provide direct support to/services for child welfare and mental health systems. FREDLA has robust experience providing training, TA, and support to state and local agencies. FREDLA will guide The Center in multiple strategies to infuse family voice.

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Foster Club

FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care and is recognized as a field leader for youth engagement in the child welfare system with a membership of 40,000 and 250 youth leaders. FosterClub’s strategy engages, lived experience (LEx) Leaders to 1) provide direct support to young people who experience foster care; and 2) drive change in the foster care system informed and led by lived experience. FosterClub’s vision is that every young person who experiences foster care has what they need to live their best life. They will help ensure that The Center integrates engagement and voices of youth and families into all parts of our work, both in the creation and delivery of our services and how we work with States, Tribes, and territories to help them view youth and families.

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National Adoption Association (NAA)
The National Adoption Association (NAA)

The National Adoption Association (NAA) is the largest and only national association focused exclusively on supporting public and private adoption professionals at all levels, including frontline workers, agency directors, and state adoption managers. Founded in 1982, NAA serves 500 members across the country, regularly convening members, to promote best and inclusive practices and increase competency in applying a race equity lens in all work with all families. For 4+ decades, NAA has built professional relationships with those who administer and interact with child welfare (CW) services, including two decades of operating CB’s program AdoptUSKids. NAA brings tested, effective techniques and dissemination strategies from AdoptUSKids, strong national network, and reputation, to promote the Center’s work, including targeting specific communities with culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate content. NAA’s dissemination activities will build bridges with MH systems to promote further development and training in issues related to separation, loss, grief, and trauma. NAA’s expertise, knowledge, and skills in race equity will help ensure the Center delivers services using a race equity lens.

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National Foster Parent Association
National Foster Parent Association (NFPA)

The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) is a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families across the United States. NFPA will promote the Center’s work and disseminate findings through its networking, education, and advocacy programs including the NFPA Training Institute with 50+ online courses by experts in the field and over 2,400 students. NFPA will leverage its extensive reach including its Council of State Affiliates, a group of leaders of state foster care associations who work collaboratively to provide better support to the foster care community at the state and national level, and its 25,000 Facebook followers.

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PolicyWorks is an independent, non-partisan program evaluation and policy research firm founded in 1995 that conducts needs assessments, program evaluations, and strategic policy analyses. It has developed numerous publications, practice tools, and related curricula that strengthen front-line practices in CW, criminal justice, education, and prevention fields and has served as an external evaluator for 9 federally funded, multi-year demonstration projects in CW, including CB’s Quality Improvement Center for Adoption. PolicyWorks will produce comprehensive landscape scans for The Center that build profiles of CW and MH systems and Medicaid funding patterns to help assess STT (states, tribes, territories) needs and for site selection. She will update scans annually and contribute to the development of the Repository.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL)
University of Nebraska – Lincoln Center on Children Families & the Law (CCFL)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) was established in 1987 as a home for interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy analysis, education, and community engagement on issues related to child and family policy and services. CCFL’s mission is “Helping the Helpers: Providing an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to improve systems and outcomes for children and families.” In 2021, CCFL received the Quality Program Award from the National Staff Development and Training Association for its innovative and interdisciplinary Child Protection and Safety Training Program, developed in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS). CCFL will serve as the Evaluation Team for The Center.

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