Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) is a 72-hour training program that involves 12 accredited modules with one completed online. TAC was developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) in collaboration with mental health adoption and child welfare professionals throughout the U.S.

TAC is based on defined competencies and designed to enhance the skills of professionals working with adoptees and their families. The curriculum is under a continual quality improvement process. Curriculum developers use feedback from participants and trainers to inform content – this ensures relevancy as it relates to practice.

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About TAC: Program Description

In November 2015, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare was awarded a contract from the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) to provide a post-graduate training program leading to the acquisition of greater skills in providing services to adopted persons, birth families, prospective adoptive parents, adoptive families and kinship families.

The licensed training program is called Training for Adoption Competency (TAC). This initiative is partially funded through a grant from the Jockey International Foundation in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

All participants will earn 66 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for their participation in addition to receiving a TAC certificate from C.A.S.E.

In the future, we plan to develop training locations in other parts of Wisconsin to include practitioners from adjoining states.

TAC Training

TAC consists of 12 modules on various aspects of adoption practice. Upcoming trainings will be held online.

Upcoming trainings:

Cohort #23: June 2024–Dec. 2024, 3-4 Fridays per month

Cohort #24: August 2024–Dec. 2024, 2 Fridays a month

TAC Participant Requirements

Education and Licensure

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in social work, counseling or other related discipline.
  • It’s preferred that participants either have a current professional license or are under clinical supervision preparing for professional licensing.


Participants must be working in a clinical capacity with adoptive families.

If applicants don’t meet the above criteria but interact with the adoption kinship network, they will be considered for the TAC program as space allows.


Mary Heller
Continuing Education Coordinator & Training for Adoption Competency Project Assistant
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Project Staff

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  • Program Coordinator, Office of Research Administration
  • Assistant Professor, Social Work
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  • Research Administrator, Office of Research Administration
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  • Clinical Professor, Social Work
  • Director, Social Work Field Program