Training for

Adoption Competency

Why is Georgia offering the TAC program?

There is an identified need for adoption-competent clinicians in Georgia. Increasing the availability of these clinicians is an important goal for GA DFCS
and will enable the agency to provide quality support services for adoptive families. As the agency moves toward more specialized services for adoptive families, TAC graduates will become the go to source for agency referrals.

The Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) Program is a collaborative partnership between the Center for Adoption Support and Education, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, and the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, School of Social Work, Professional Excellence Program.

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

C.A.S.E. is the national leader in adoption-competent support with foster and adopted children and adults, their families and the network of professionals who assist them. C.A.S.E. acts as a support system for families and professionals pre-, during and post-adoption. TAC is one of the programs offered by C.A.S.E.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (GA DFCS)

The GA DFCS Adoption Unit facilitates and supports the adoption of children in the permanent custody of DFCS. Recognizing that children deserve safe, loving, and nurturing relationships with permanent families, DFCS and its partners provide a continuum of available, accessible, and effective services that enable and support the placement of children in adoptive families.

The Professional Excellence Program

As an outreach unit of the Georgia State University School of Social Work, the Professional Excellence Program is dedicated to promoting best practices in child welfare and developing the child welfare workforce.  The program provides various training and development opportunities for child welfare professionals and community partners and clinicians who work with the child welfare population.

Applying for the program

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More information about TAC

Visit the C.A.S.E site

Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) Program Student Application

  • Education

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  • Licensure Information

  • Date (list most recent first)Agency or Private Practice Setting (name, address)SupervisorNature of Practice 
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  • Please provide a personal statement that addresses: 1. Why you are interested in enrolling in the TAC program 2. Your clinical background, including your areas of clinical specialization, and how your clinical background prepares you to develop more advanced adoption competent knowledge and skills 3. Your interest(s) in working with members of the adoption kinship network (adopted persons, prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and birth family members, adoptive families, and kinship families) in clinical settings 4. How you plan to incorporate the learning from the training program in your clinical practice or agency setting 5. Any personal connection you have with adoption
  • Please choose your preferred date/location. The first month is self-study to be done at home. In-person classes begin the 2nd month. Note: Start dates are subject to change based on program demand. A minimum number of participants is required for classes to be held.