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TAC is listed on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC).

TAC has a scientific rating of (3) Promising Research Evidence in the topic area of Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs a rating of HIGH in Child Welfare Relevance.


Lilliput partners with The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) and is the only TAC-certified site in California. TAC is an intensive training specifically designed to provide mental health and child welfare professionals with the clinical knowledge and skills needed to offer quality mental health services to:

  • adopted children, youth & adults
  • children preparing for adoption
  • birth parents and extended family members
  • prospective adoptive parents
  • adoptive families


How TAC stands apart

TAC was developed collaboratively with national experts in the fields of child welfare, mental health and adoption. It is the only adoption competency mental health training of its kind, integrating in-depth classroom learning with clinical case consultation to transfer learning to practice. TAC is an evidenced informed, rigorously evaluated, intensive, and comprehensive training curriculum with 72 hours of instruction (6 hours in-home and 66 hours classroom), requisite homework, final integration project and 6 months of virtual clinical consultation for students.

Benefits to participants

  • receive 66 hours of CEU’s
  • six months of case consultation with national experts
  • name listed on C.A.S.E. and Lilliput websites
  • opportunity to be seen as an adoption competent specialist in your community
  • potential referral for adopted children, families and adult adoptees
  • access to an abundant amount of information and resources written by national and international experts
  • specific training on trauma and brain neurobiology, treatment strategies to help children, birth and adopted parents cope with grief and loss, treatment modalities and interventions to support birth parents and extended family members and much more

Participant eligibility

  • Master's degree in counseling, social work, psychology or related field
  • current licensure in professional field or a registered associate or intern under professional supervision
  • employed in clinical practice or child welfare setting
  • completed application and current resume


Training Format

  • 12 sessions (total of 72 hours) of competency-based training (includes a 6 hour in-home module)
  • information sharing, written handouts and resources, and experiential learning, including case studies, role plays, and introspective work in each module session
  • 6 monthly case consultation sessions follow the classroom training to support the transfer of learning to practice


  • based on adoption knowledge, values and skills competencies defined by a national panel of experts
  • standardized, manualized training curriculum
  • developed over 3 years in collaboration with national experts

Why TAC:

Mental health therapist are needed in high demand for children traumatized from abuse, neglect and abandonment. These patients are at high risk of developing behavioral and emotional responses challenging their adjustment with adoptive families. Therefore, access to clinicians who understand the unique psychological and behavioral needs of adopted youth and their families promotes healthy relationships and well-being in adoptive families. Without adoption competent mental health services, adoptive families are at great risk of disruption.

About the Trainer:

Debra McJimsey, LMFT

Debbie has gained extensive experience in working with foster/adoptive and kinship families through her work with Lilliput Families and her private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has provided focused training to families and to other clinicians in the areas of parent education, trauma informed care, family and conjoint therapy models, and self-empowerment techniques such as those presented in the WISE-up program.