Learn About Technical Assistance for Tribes




The National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services will work with child welfare (CW) systems in States, Tribes, and territories (STT) to build bridges with mental health (MH) systems to develop and train MH practitioners in issues related to separation, loss, grief, and trauma, and to develop strategies for making trauma-based culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate adoption competent MH services consistently available. This blog post introduces what technical assistance will look like for Tribes. 
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Learn About Technical Assistance for Tribes

Becky Main, Tribal consultant


The National Center is welcoming tribes to learn more about the technical assistance that can help either enhance or develop practice between your child welfare and mental health agencies so that children, youth, and families can have access to quality competent resources and services. While many tribes may not practice Adoption as a permanency planning outcome, the National Center is open to tribes who offer Guardianship to relatives, kin, or resource families.  The National Center provides Universal Services Intensive, on-site Technical Assistance to both child welfare and mental health agencies.


What is Intensive Technical Assistance?

The National Center is available to assist with on-site capacity building and creating systems change for child welfare and mental health departments/agencies so that services are focused on meeting the needs of children, youth, and families.


What are Universal Services?

The National Center provides Universal Services where states, tribes, and territories (STT) can access resources and tools related to both child welfare and mental health. Use of these resources and tools are accessible on the National Center Knowledge Hub for anyone to download and review.


What are other ways to use the Knowledge Hub resources and tools?  Tribes can utilize these resources to develop or enhance practice through collaborative discussion or strategic planning between agencies and community stakeholders.


Knowledge Hub: Mental Health Competence: The Value of NTI for Tribes

NTI is the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative. Learn more from Terry Cross, Senior Advisor from the National Indian Child Welfare Association who shares the “Value of the NTI for Tribes” as it relates to core competencies that are in the NTI curriculum. Terry shares key features of the NTI curriculum:

  • Relevant to the tribal experience and inclusive of various jurisdictions
  • Connects to knowledge building about child development, loss and grief, historical trauma, etc.
  • Incorporates the tribal perspective in case examples and exercises
  • Honors the child’s reference points of belonging with immediate and extended families, community, peers, etc.


Are you interested in learning more about the National Center? Please contact Mary Wichansky, Center Director for more information.

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