Frequently Asked Questions

When was the National Center established?

The National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services was funded by the Children’s Bureau in October 2023.

Who will benefit from the National Center?

The National Center’s target audiences are: child welfare professionals and system leaders, mental health professionals and systems leaders, children, youth, and families, and allied professionals.

What organizations are involved?

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is leading the work in collaboration with partners: Baker Center for Children and Families, Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA), FosterClub, National Adoption Association (NAA), National Foster Parent Association (NFPA), PolicyWorks, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL).


How do I learn more about technical assistance?

You can contact the National Center Director Mary Wichansky wichansky@adoptionsupport.org

How many sites will receive intensive technical assistance?

The National Center will work with six sites each year for a total of 30 sites over the five-year grant period.

What services will the Center provide other than intensive technical assistance?

The National Center will provide services and universal product development and dissemination through the Knowledge Hub to all CW and MH workforces.

What is the Knowledge Hub?

The hub is a repository of knowledge, best practices, models of intervention, evidence-informed/-based services, and practices to build the capacity of States, Tribes, territories, child welfare, and mental health professionals to offer comprehensive adoption competent mental health services. The hub is dynamic and will be regularly updated to align with the informational needs of the audience.

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Contact Us: NationalCenter@adoptionsupport.org