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Goals & Guiding Principles

Guiding principles of Family Assessment Response

  • Low to moderate risk neglect cases are best served through planning that includes parents as partners.
  • Families want safety for their children.
  • Families can meet their children's needs with supports and resources.
  • Families are better able to care for their children when connections to communities are developed and strengthened.
  • Communities want children to be safe and cared for.
  • Family Assessment Response supports and enhances the agency's vision of increased family engagement, enhances the practice of solution based casework, assessment of family's needs and strengths, delivery of concrete and supportive services and focuses on child safety.
  • Family Assessment Response is in line with and supportive to the Children's administration and strength based practice model.
  • Family Assessment Response is closely connected and aligned with the implementation of evidence based practices to provide families and children with services that have shown to be successful.

Goals of Family Assessment Response

  • Provide Early Intervention to respond to low to moderate risk allegations with the possibility of preventing future high risk or unsafe situations.
  • Increase Scope of Service Delivery to provide services and resources for low to moderate risk families. Opportunity to provide services not based on abuse or neglect, but on family need for sustained and supportive parenting of their children.
  • Improve Family-Centered Practice by increasing the involvement of the family in assessment and identification of their strengths and needs, and the development of service plan to address issues relating to risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Increase Resource Identification by reviewing service needs and resource availability for immediate and long term support outside the scope of abuse and neglect.
  • Improve engagement and assessment by moving away from incident-based assessments to a comprehensive assessment of the family dynamics, strengths, issues and needs.