Adoption Competency: A Brief Introduction

Summary: Adoption competency is not a single practice or protocol but a comprehensive set of knowledge, values, and skills competencies embedded in evidence-informed best professional practices that are more responsive to and effective with adoptive families. Some adoption competent practices are recognized as also appropriate and more responsive to the needs of kinship and foster families.


Application: This resource provides important context to the principles of adoption competence and can be used by both child welfare and mental health professionals to increase their own understanding and to advocate at a systems level.


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