PA-CPS 7 - Assessment
Families participate in an individualized, strengths-based, family-focused, and culturally responsive assessment that informs service and permanency planning.
NA The agency does not conduct assessments.
The family is the primary source of information about the need for service.
Interpretation: Collateral sources of information should be sought to help confirm or enhance assessment information. The agency adapts the assessment process to protect the safety of victims of domestic violence.
Interpretation: Extended family members may participate in the assessment process if their involvement is culturally or clinically appropriate.
The information gathered for assessments:
Interpretation: The child’s extended family and other community members should be considered as valuable family resources for the child and the parents.
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.
Assessments are conducted in a strengths-based, culturally-responsive manner to identify values, beliefs, practices, and resources that can increase service participation and support the achievement of agreed upon goals.
Interpretation: Culturally-responsive assessments can include attention to geographic location, language, political status, tribal affiliation, and religious, racial, ethnic and cultural background. 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 agency and are updated periodically.
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