TAC is a 72-hour training program that involves 12 day-long modules (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 United States.

TAC Project Staff: Jeanne Wagner, Susan Rose, Stacey Grant Savela, and Mary Heller

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.

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 72 CEHs for their participation in addition to receiving a TAC certificate from the Center for Adoption Support & Education (C.A.S.E.).


From 2010 to 2014, more than 700 children per year were adopted in Wisconsin. The number of children receiving an adoption subsidy in Wisconsin has averaged approximately 7,200 per year for the past five years. Adoption failures/dissolutions, or adoptions in which children are returned to state care after finalization of adoption, has been estimated to be between 2-10% nationally, but there is not yet good information on the rate in Wisconsin.

According to C.A.S.E., children with traumatic experiences of abuse, neglect and abandonment, and challenging behavioral and emotional responses are at greater risk of presenting with adjustment problems within their adoptive families, which creates vulnerability and risk of family disruption.

Access to adoption-competent mental health services is a critical factor in the outcomes for these children and their adoptive families, and impacts the success of adoption.

To fill this need, C.A.S.E. has developed the TAC program to increase the numbers of professionals who are able to provide treatment services to these individuals and families. The end goal of increased access to adoption competent mental health, adoption, and child welfare practitioners is improved well-being of adopted children and their families and a decrease in adoption dissolution.


The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW) began offering the TAC training in Milwaukee in June 2016. In the future, we plan to develop training locations in other parts of Wisconsin to include practitioners from adjoining states.
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TAC consists of 12 modules on various aspects of adoption practice. Upcoming trainings will be held online.

Fridays9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
Module 1You will complete this module on your own.
Module 2June 12 & June 19, 2020
Module 3June 26 & July 10, 2020
Module 4July 17 & July 24, 2020
Module 5July 31 & Aug. 7, 2020
Module 6Aug. 14 & Aug. 21, 2020
Module 7Sept. 11 & Sept. 18, 2020
Module 8Sept. 25 & Oct. 2, 2020
Module 9Oct. 9 & Oct. 16, 2020
Module 10Oct. 23 & Oct. 30, 2020
Module 11Nov. 6 & Nov. 13, 2020
Module 12Nov. 20 & Dec. 4, 2020
Saturdays9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
Module 1You will complete this module on your own.
Module 2June 6 & June 13, 2020
Module 3July 11 & July 18, 2020
Module 4Aug. 1 & Aug. 8, 2020
Module 5Aug. 22 & Aug. 29, 2020
Module 6Sept. 12 & Sept. 19, 2020
Module 7Oct. 10 & Oct. 17, 2020
Module 8Nov. 7 & Nov. 14, 2020
Module 9Dec. 5 & Dec. 12, 2020
Module 10Jan. 9 & Jan. 16, 2021
Module 11Jan. 30 & Feb. 6, 2021
Module 12Feb. 20 & Feb. 27, 2021

Participant Requirements


  • Master’s degree (minimum) 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 do not meet educational or employment criteria but interface with members of the adoption kinship network in some way so that they are able to incorporate learning into practice, they may be considered as space allows.


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