Assessment of children, youth, and families in the child welfare system (Chapter of Child welfare for the twenty-first century : a handbook of practices, policies, and programs.)
Cohen, Elena. Hornsby, Donna T. Priester, Steven.
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Publication Information: Chapter of: Child welfare for the twenty-first century : a handbook of practices, policies, and programs. New York: Columbia University Press
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This chapter explains the process for conducting a comprehensive, family-centered assessment in child welfare. It begins by discussing the rationale for redesigning the assessment process in child welfare, the definition of comprehensive, family-centered assessment, and key principles underlying the approach. Domains and elements of comprehensive, family-centered assessment are then explained and include safety, risk, parental protective capacity, and child well-being. A case study is provided to illustrate the assessment process, and practice guidelines are offered for assessment at intake, during the first face-to-face encounter, for placement, for and during planning, during monitoring, and during closure. Promising approaches in comprehensive, family-centered assessment are described, as well as steps for developing a comprehensive, family-centered assessment process. 12 references.
family assessment; family centered services; child welfare services