In addition to the partner agencies, the NTDC will work with the following four committees to bring both lived and professional experience to the development of the curriculum:

  • NTDC Content Committee (Committee Members)
    • The NTDC Content Committee serves as a resource for project partners, assisting in identifying themes and competencies used to develop the final outlines for the classroom curriculum, topics for the Right Time and ‘break out’ components of the project.   The committee consists of 18 professionals from across the nation, bringing both work and lived expertise, representing the target audiences of the NTDC curriculum: kinship caregivers, families who foster or adopt from the child welfare system, and families who adopt through the intercountry and/or private domestic process.  The committee member’s expertise continues to be used to build the In-class and Right-Time components of the curriculum.  The content committee meets in person once a year and participates in review of material on a regular basis.
  • NTDC American Indian Alaska Native Content Committee (Committee Members)
    • The NTDC American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Content Committee was developed in April of 2018 to act in an advisement capacity concerning the development of the NTDC curriculum as it pertains to AIAN populations. Comprised of 10 individuals with 11 diverse tribal backgrounds that spans different geographic regions, several members have professional state and tribal child welfare experience in the areas of case management, clinical consultation, program administration, training, education, and academic research. The committee is also represented by current AIAN foster parents, tribal elders, and former foster youth who have been previously involved with the child welfare system.
  • NTDC 21st Century Learning Committee (Committee Members)
  • NTDC Integration Committee (Committee Members)
    • The National Integration Committee will help the NTDC develop a plan and process to integrate (infuse) a state-of-the-art training program that prepares and provides on-going development for foster/adoptive/kinship parents into our pilot sites and then nationally.The Integration Committee is Co-Chaired by Kim Stevens from NACAC, Kris Henneman from Spaulding and Angelique Day from the University of Washington. The Membership will consist of representatives from pilot sites including tribes, public and private agency professionals and foster/adoptive parent group representatives (see attached list). The Committee will meet remotely via phone or webinar and assist the project by guiding the 1) inform the development of the outline/plan for curriculum infusion into their pilot sites (IDIP), and 2) reviewing and helping refine the development of the infusion plan template that will provide practical information on how states, tribes, and territories nationally can incorporate the curriculum into their current and future programming.