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About the PACC

The Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) was developed in response to community demand to meet the need for increasing the availability and competency of a professional workforce able to work across systems to serve the unique and complex clinical and practice needs for adopted individuals and their families.

The goal of the PACC is to increase the number of qualified permanency and adoption mental health and child welfare professionals in the state who are able to work in collaborative and multicultural contexts.

The PACC includes the nationally-recognized Training in Adoption Competency (TAC) developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE), as well as two additional modules on child welfare policy and process and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) developed by CASCW.

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Successful graduates of the PACC will be listed on a searchable database where families, agencies, and other professionals can search for adoption-competent providers.

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Second Twin Cities (South Metro) PACC site added!

Due to demand, a second Twin Cities site located in the south Metro suburbs has been added for Fall 2014. Classes will be held in the Carver County area. See timeline below for dates!

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Please note: The Twin Cities main cohort is full. The Twin Cities—South Metro cohort is accepting registrations.

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Participants attend the certificate program as part of a cohort, building and strengthening a network of professionals. Locations and times vary by year. Past and current locations include the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester, and Brainerd, MN.

The PACC program consists of:

  • thirteen in-class sessions,
  • two self-guided (accessing online materials) sessions,
  • six months (18 hours) of post-training clinical case consultation and supervision, and
  • Up to 114.5 hours of social work continuing education credits.

Upon completion of all modules and the clinical case consultation series, successful graduates will receive a Permanency and Adoption Competency professional certificate.


The permanency and adoption competent mental health or child welfare professional:

  • Understands the nature of adoption as a form of family formation and the different types of adoption
  • Understands the clinical issues that are associated with separation and loss and attachment
  • Understands the common developmental challenges in the experience of adoption
  • Understands the characteristics and skills that make adoptive families successful
  • Is culturally competent with respect to the racial and cultural heritage of children and families
  • Is skilled in using a range of interventions to effectively
  • Engages birth, kinship, and adoptive families toward the mutual goal of helping individuals to heal
  • Assists adoptive families to strengthen or develop and practice parenting skills that support healthy family relationships
  • Is skilled in advocating with other service systems on behalf of birth and adoptive families.

Competencies developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.).

Session Topics

  • Child Welfare Policy and Process
  • Permanency and Adoption Through the Lens of the Relational Worldview
  • Adoption History, Law and Process
  • Introduction to Adoption Competent Mental Health Practice
  • Clinical and Ethical Issues in Planning, Preparing for and Supporting Adoption
  • Clinical Issues in Providing Therapeutic Services: Grief, Loss, Separation and Identity
  • Trauma and Brain Neurobiology
  • Clinical Issues in Providing Therapeutic Services: Attachment
  • Adopted Adolescents and Identity Formation
  • Adoptive and Birth Families
  • Adoptive Family Formation
  • Working with Adoptive Parents on Managing Children’s Behaviors
  • Openness in Adoption
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Integrating Knowledge, Values and Skills

To be eligible for the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate, participants must meet the following conditions:

  • Hold a master’s level degree in social work, counseling, psychology (or related degree) for all mental health applicants OR a baccalaureate degree in social work, counseling, psychology (or related degree) and a minimum of 5 years post-baccalaureate practice experience if applying as a child welfare or adoption professional*
  • Attend each in-person session
  • Complete each self-guided, on-line session
  • Complete all pre-session homework assignments
  • Complete final project
  • Attend each case consultation session

*Graduates of the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate who have a baccalaureate degree and have met the other conditions above will receive a Certificate of Attendance and be able to petition for the Permanency and Adoption Competency professional certificate upon successful completion of a master’s degree in the future.

Additionally, C.A.S.E. is currently developing a national credential for professionals providing adoption and permanency services. Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate graduates with a master’s level degree will be eligible for the national credential upon its development. Graduates of the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate who have a baccalaureate degree will be able to petition for the national credential of completion upon successful completion of a master’s degree in the future.

Thanks to funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, tuition for the 2014-2015 year has been reduced from $1,800 to just $450. There is also a $35 registration fee.

Refund Information

  • Up to 30 days prior to start date: Full tuition refund, less registration fee
  • 29 to 14 days prior to start date: 50% tuition refund, less registration fee
  • Less than 14 days prior to start date: No refund
  • After certificate program has begun: No Refund

Applicants will need to submit the following information during registration:

  • Applicant’s highest level of education
  • Current licensure*
  • Number of years of experience
  • Current employment
  • Past experiences in clinical or child welfare practice
  • Statement of interest (in essay form)
  • Description of applicant’s current employment and how it relates to permanency and adoption (in essay form)
  • Description of past applicable practice experience working with members of the permanency and adoption populations if not currently in a practice setting with permanency/adoption clientele (in essay form)
  • Personal connection to permanency and adoption (if any; in essay form)

*Please note: If you are a public child welfare employee, you may not need licensure. Check with your agency.


Permanency and adoption professionals and adoptive families in Minnesota have long expressed a need for improved availability and access to adoption competent clinicians. Permanency and adoptive families searching for quality post-adoption services will seek out adoption competent providers. A Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate will enable clinical mental health, child welfare and adoption professionals to increase their practice skills and market their services to this growing population of individuals and families.

  • Participants with a clinical mental health background will gain an understanding of the permanency and adoption process of children in the child welfare system and how that impacts the therapeutic process for foster and adopted individuals and families.
  • Permanency and adoption child welfare workers will gain an understanding of the clinical needs of children, youth and families involved in permanency and adoption, as well as knowledge of the interventions and therapies used by clinicians, so they can better advocate for appropriate clinical services for their clients.

In addition, participants will develop relationships with their cohorts, expanding the network of resources and referrals for families impacted by permanency and adoption.

The PACC program, as well as the TAC curriculum, is being rigorously evaluated. CASCW is working collaboratively with PolicyWorks, Ltd., an independent research and evaluation organization affiliated with the TAC curriculum.

All participants who successfully complete the PACC requirements will be recognized as having completed the certificate program on the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare website’s searchable database of Adoption Competent Professionals. Participants who have earned a graduate degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field prior to enrolling in the PACC will receive a certificate of completion and eligibility for a future national credential upon completing the certificate requirements. Participants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field prior to enrolling in the PACC will receive a certificate of attendance.
The PACC is a cohort-model program. Participation in the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate requires attendance for all 15 sessions and the 6-months of post-training case consultation sessions.
Currently, there is not an opportunity for participants to make up a missed sessions during the current year. However, participants may take the missed session the following year. The certificate of attendance and/or certificate completion and eligibility for any future national credential is based on completing all 15 sessions and the post-training case consultation sessions. Participants who miss a session may take the missed session during the following year and will receive their certificate of attendance/completion and eligibility for a future national credential upon completion of the make-up session, provided all other certificate requirements have been fulfilled.
Refund Information

    • Up to 30 days prior to start date: Full tuition refund, less registration fee
    • 29 to 14 days prior to start date: 50% tuition refund, less registration fee
    • Less than 14 days prior to start date: No refund
    • After certificate program has begun: No Refund
Agencies will be able to search our database for professionals that have completed the certificate program.
Students may enroll in the PACC, however there are certain educational and professional requirements needed to be eligible for the professional certificate of completion and the national credential upon its development. Participants enrolled in an undergraduate program in social work/psychology/counseling are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the sessions and final project. However, participants with an undergraduate degree will not be eligible for the certificate of completion or the national credential upon its development. Participants enrolled in a graduate program in social work/psychology/counseling are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance if all the requirements of the program are met. However, to be eligible for the certificate of completion or the national credential upon its development, graduates must have successfully completed the graduate degree prior to the completion of the PACC. In addition, current employment working with permanency and adoptive families is important for the clinical case consultation portion of the certificate program. Student participants working in internship positions with permanency and adoptive families would be able to draw upon their internship work to participate in the clinical case consultations. Participants not currently working with permanency or adoptive families will not be able to present cases for the clinical case consultation meetings and therefore would not meet the full requirements for the certificate of completion.

Funding made available through Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Division through grant GRK%30794.