The National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents (NTDC) was funded through a five-year cooperative agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau. The NTDC curriculum provides ongoing development for parents who want to foster, adopt (child welfare, intercountry or private domestic), or those who provide kinship care. NTDC consists of three components: (1) Self-Assessment, (2) Classroom-Based Training, and (3) Right-Time Training. The Self-Assessment is a self-administered, self-discovery tool that provides families the opportunity to learn more about themselves as they considered the characteristics and competencies important when parenting a child who has experienced trauma, separation and loss. The Classroom-Based Training themes provide a framework to build a strong foundation for parenting a child with trauma, separation, and loss. It includes a lot of interaction and is presented using various teaching modalities. It can be offered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid design. Right-Time training themes are accessible and available to families when they need it and contain information that is specific to parents who are fostering and adopting. Each theme takes one hour to complete.

Prepare and provide ongoing development for parents who want to foster or adopt.