The National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents (NTDC) is a 5-year cooperative agreement with a two-fold goal:
- to develop and then evaluate a state-of-the-art training program to prepare foster and adoptive parents to effectively parent children who have been exposed to trauma, and
- to provide these foster and adoptive families with the ongoing skill development needed to understand and promote healthy child development.
At the end of the grant period, the NTDC comprehensive curriculum will have been thoroughly evaluated and will be made available at no cost to states, counties, tribes, territories, and private agencies for use in preparing, training, and developing foster and adoptive parents. The NTDC training program will be designed for families who are fostering and/or adopting children through the public child welfare system as well as those adopting through an intercountry or private domestic process. Foster and adoptive families who participate in the NTDC training program are expected to achieve greater levels of competence in performing their caregiving roles for children who have experienced trauma, loss, or separation, with the ultimate goal of increasing placement stability and enhancing child well-being.