The NTDC Self-Assessment is a self-discovery tool that provides families who are preparing to become foster, kinship, or adoptive parents the opportunity to learn more about themselves as they consider the characteristics and competencies that are important when parenting children who have experienced trauma, separation, and loss. It is designed to be self-administered, which allows the participant to recognize and build on their areas of strength, explore areas that would benefit from additional support and information, and identify areas that may cause the most challenge when parenting a child/youth. The Self-Assessment characteristics and competencies are highlighted throughout the NTDC, which supports the continuation of learning beyond the Self-Assessment completion.
Before starting the Classroom-Based Training, each parent is encouraged to complete the Self-Assessment. The assessment includes questions that will help participants discover more about their characteristics and abilities and how these relate to successful parenting of children who have experienced trauma, separation, and loss. After parents complete the Self-Assessment, they will receive feedback on their strengths and areas for growth and where they can find resources within the curriculum that will help them increase knowledge in the areas noted for growth. The Self-Assessment report is intended to be confidential and is shared only with the participant. However, facilitators should encourage parents to share their results with their parenting partner and support system.
Participants may take the Self-Assessment a second time after they complete the classroom portion of the curriculum so that they can receive additional feedback on their strengths and areas for growth. The second Self-Assessment will also allow participants to compare results to those from their first Self-Assessment. This process allows participants to see their growth during the Classroom-Based Training and identify areas where they may benefit from continued learning, which could be addressed through the Right-Time Training component of the curriculum.
A Self-Assessment Guide, which explains the Self-Assessment in more detail, is also available.