The PSU Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Certificate of Completion program continues to receive national recognition. In addition to the 2012-13 Outstanding Program Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, the program was recently nominated for the “Adoption Excellence Award” given by the Children’s Bureau, a 100-year-old federal agency that works to improve the lives of children and families across the US. Each year the Bureau recognizes states, courts, agencies, businesses, and individuals that provide support to approximately 400,540* children in foster care across the US.
The PSU Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Certificate of Completion program was created to address the specific needs of children and families who face issues unique to this population. The program is a partnership between Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education with PSU’s School of Social Work, the Oregon Department of Human Services, and the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (a program of Northwest Resource Associates). It is offered in an online video-streaming format in order to reach therapists working in both urban and rural areas.
The Children’s Bureau was formed in 1912 by President Taft and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
* Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report, released in July 2012