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October 2022Vol. 23, No. 8Free Curriculum Provides Training About Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma or Loss

The National Training and Development Curriculum (NTDC) is a new, free training curriculum that provides potential foster or adoptive parents with the information and tools needed to parent a child who has experienced trauma, separation, or loss. The training also provides families with access to information and resources so they can continue building skills once they have a child in their home.


The NTDC includes three parts:


  • Self-assessment: A discovery tool that helps families learn about themselves in the context of the characteristics and competencies required when parenting children who have experienced trauma, separation, or loss
  • Classroom-based training: Shared, in-person learning facilitated by an experienced professional team that can also be adapted for a virtual audience
  • Right-time training: An ongoing training tool that provides families with access to resources and information once they have a child in their home


The curriculum was funded through a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau that was led by Spaulding for Children in partnership with other agencies. It was evaluated in seven pilot sites and four private agencies.


For more information, including a short overview video of the curriculum, visit the NTDC website.