Assessment Tools for Adoption Administrators and Managers
This section offers assessment tools for adoption administrators, managers, supervisors, and staff, and includes State and local examples.
Enhancing the Service Array in Child Welfare: Assessing the Capacity of a Jurisdiction/State/Tribe to Meet the Individualized Needs of Children and Families and Creating and Implementing a Resource and Capacity Development Plan: A Description of the Process (Word - 123 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement & National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (2007)
Describes a process developed by two National Resource Centers to help jurisdictions meet the individualized needs of children, youth, and families. The paper includes goals of the service array process, key components of the process, and implications for stakeholders.
Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA): ICAMA Guidelines for Adoption Workers (PDF - 116 KB)
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (2007)
Describes an assessment instrument that guides workers through ICAMA requirements. A checklist addresses whether ICAMA applies to the case, how to find the ICAMA protocol for a specific State, complying with required documentation, and keeping parents informed and prepared.
Information Memorandum to State and Territorial Agencies Administering or Supervising the Administration of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act: Title IV-E Adoption Assistance State Self-Assessment Tool
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau (2007)
Provides States with a self-assessment tool and the option to use it as a guide to review their compliance with the Federal requirements of the Title IV-E adoption assistance program.
Title IV-E Adoption Assistance
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau
Provides a process by which State title IV-E agencies can voluntarily review their title IV-E adoption assistance programs. This tool is for internal use only by State title IV-E agencies.
State and local examples
Assessment of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (PDF - 394 KB)
Texas Court Improvement Program (2008)
Provides an analysis of the current law as well as and practices and procedures used by the referring agency and courts on the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), and explores the legal and practical barriers to safe and timely placement.
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Assessment: Final Report (PDF - 436 KB)
Florida Supreme Court, Florida Court Improvement Program (2008)
Discusses findings from an assessment of the interstate placement of children. Includes recommendations to expedite these placements in the Florida child welfare system.
Report on Knowledge Assessment Construction and Validation for New Case Manager Certification (PDF - 123 KB)
Tennessee Department of Children's Services & University of Tennessee College of Social Work, Office of Research and Public Services (2007)
Describes a revamped preservice training for new frontline staff hired in Tennessee to work with children and families to better prepare child welfare workers to fulfill Adoption and Safe Families Act goals of safety, permanence, and well-being. It also describes implementation issues of the knowledge-based assessment requirement in the newly hired case managers' certification program.