The Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) was developed in 2010 as a 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. Early on, Senator Amy Klobuchar selected the program as an Angel in Adoption™ recipient for outstanding advocacy in preparing adoption-competent clinical mental health and child welfare professionals for their work with adopted children and their families. Over more than a decade of programming, PACC has graduated over 420 professionals across 23 regional cohorts.
The goal of PACC is to increase the number of qualified permanency and adoption mental health and child welfare professionals in Minnesota who are able to work in collaborative, cross-disciplinary and multicultural contexts. Generous grant support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services ensures that programming remains equitable and affordable across the state.
As PACC celebrates over a decade of programming, the format has been revised based on participant and stakeholder feedback to combine self-paced and interactive training designed to be accessible for working professionals across the state. Central to this work has been collaboration with the adoptee and foster community across curriculum development and facilitation that transforms the dialogue we have as professionals around permanency. PACC includes the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) anchored regularly with full-day trainings designed to deepen and integrate online modules through experiential learning and consultation.
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Many PACC collaborators have firsthand experience with permanency and adoption and have shared their reflections on how centering firsthand experience transforms the dialogue we have as professionals around permanency.