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November 2019Vol. 20, No. 9Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has a certification program—the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC)—that aims to increase the number of qualified permanency- and adoption-competent mental health and child welfare professionals who are able to work with children and youth in foster care or who have been adopted.

The PACC curriculum includes the nationally recognized "Training in Adoption Competency" course, as well as four additional modules on child welfare policy and processes and the Indian Child Welfare Act. PACC comprises 13 in-class sessions; 2 self-guided sessions that include online materials; and 6 months (18 hours) of posttraining clinical case consultation and supervision. Course graduates receive a certificate of completion that makes them eligible to be listed on CASCW's directory of child welfare and mental health professionals who have successfully completed the training.

In addition, course graduates with a master's degree will be eligible for a national credential, and those who have a baccalaureate degree will be able to petition for the national credential if they attain a master's degree in the future.

To learn more about the PACC curriculum, visit