National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, 2005. Comprehensive family assessment is recommended when it is determined that the child welfare agency is responsible for serving the family. Such assessment goes beyond the investigation to identify and provide services that are specifically targeted to the family’s needs, and insure the child’s safety, well-being, and permanency.
These guidelines address the components of comprehensive family assessment, show the linkages to service planning and provision, and illustrate how child welfare agencies can support their use.
Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare offers numerous, detailed case studies that provide excellent opportunities for classroom discussions and assignments. Have students complete assessments based on the information provided, role play client contacts, and make recommendations for ongoing services and support for the families portrayed.