Nebraska team to evaluate new national center

Dawn Davis, Eve Brank, Brittany Brakenhoff, Spencer Gowin, Michelle Graef and Megan Paul

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Center on Children, Families and the Law has been chosen to provide evaluation for the new National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services.

Building bridges between child welfare systems and state mental health systems is key to bringing about systemic change to improve the mental health outcomes for children in care and in adoptive and guardianship homes.

The Center for Adoption Support and Education has been awarded a five-year $20 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau to create the first-ever National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services. The center launched Sept. 30 and will continue through Sept. 29, 2028.