The National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents (NTDC) is funded through a five-year cooperative agreement with Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau. The goal is to develop and evaluate a state-of-the-art training program to prepare foster and adoptive parents to effectively parent children exposed to trauma, separation and loss and to provide these families with ongoing skill development needed to understand and promote healthy child development.
The curriculum includes 17 classroom-based themes and 2 additional themes that arecompleted online outside the classroom. Additionally, the curriculum includes two themes that are specific to kinship caregivers. All of the themes are built to be their own training, lasting 1 to 2 hours. This design allows sites flexibility on how they offer the themes to prospective foster and adoptive parents. In addition to the classroom-based themes, there are 15 right-time themes that cover different topics. The right time themes are available to families whenever they need them. View samples of the curriculum components by going to: https://ntdcportal.org/curriculum/sample-components/
"This class has opened my eyes to so many factors that I did not think of considering when taking care of a child that has experienced trauma, grief and loss. I now understand that I may have to alter my parenting in a way to better suit the child in my care. The class has also given me a since of compassion and understanding for parents of children that may come into foster care."