By evaluating family progress, child protective services can determine whether a child is safe as well as whether or not protective or risk factors have changed. Evaluation also helps to determine progress towards achieving goals and whether services have contributed to better client outcomes. Evaluation is essential to case decisions and should occur throughout the life of a case plan. Resources include State and local examples.
The Protective Capacity Progress Assessment: Indicators of Change and Intention to Change (PDF - 143 KB)
ACTION for Child Protection (2010)
Reviews criteria used during a Protective Capacity Progress Assessment, an assessment used to evaluate, measure, and judge progress and change related to enhancing diminished caregiver protective capacities.
Signs of Safety
The California Evidence- Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2012)
Provides professionals with a comprehensive risk assessment, child protection framework, and expands the investigation of risk to encompass strengths and signs of safety that can be built upon to stabilize and strengthen the children and their families.
Comprehensive Family Assessment Formative Evaluation: Findings, Implications, and Recommendations (PDF - 726 KB)
Kim, Piescher, LaLiberte, & Snyder (2010)
Ramsey County Community Human Services & University of Minnesota School of Social Work
Evaluates the implementation of a comprehensive family assessment model in Ramsey County, Minnesota. Recommendations include further evaluation of documentation and worker descriptions of daily practice.
Protective Capacity Family Assessment (Word - 59 KB)
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Reviews Wisconsin's protective capacity assessment guidelines.
Oregon Child Welfare Safety Model Training: Protective Capacity Assessment (PDF - 58 KB)
Oregon Department of Human Services (2008)
Outlines the four stages in Oregon's child welfare safety model and protective capacity assessment.