Families participate in a comprehensive, individualized, strengths-based, family-focused, culturally responsive assessment
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix
for additional assessment criteria
. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
NA The organization provides only parent education groups.
who conduct assessments are qualified by relevant training
, skill, and experience and can recognize individuals and families with special needs
The information gathered for assessments is comprehensive, directed at concerns identified in the initial screening, and limited to material pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives
Assessments are conducted in a culturally responsive manner and are the basis for identifying resources that can increase service participation and support the achievement of agreed upon goals.
Culturally responsive assessments can include attention to geographic location, language of choice, and family members’ religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Other important factors that contribute to a responsive assessment include attention to age, sexual orientation, and developmental level.
Assessments are completed within timeframes established by the organization and are updated periodically.
Standardized assessment tools are used to:
- identify family strengths and protective factors;
- assess for needs and risk factors associated with poor child, individual, and family outcomes; and
- assess child development.
The assessment of a child’s development should consider his or her strengths, challenges, functional status, and social competence. Service providers should work with families to better understand a child’s strengths and needs, and informed clinical
opinion can be used when standardized measures will not accurately reflect a child’s developmental status.