Accurate, timely and ongoing reviews of each family’s progress are key to the successful implementation of an FDC. Prompt screening and assessment help ensure compliance with ASFA timelines and provide the greatest chance of the family’s success. FDCs identify participants early in the dependency case process, use screening and assessment to determine the needs and strengths of parents, children and families and identify the most appropriate treatments and service based on these needs and strengths.
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Learning Academy Webinar Presentations
To download our webinar presentation (recording not available) on Screening and Assessment (August 2010), please click here.
UNCOPE: A Screening Tool for Substance Use in Child Welfare Settings (June 2012) A facilitated discussion with Dr. Norm Hoffmann, developer of the UNCOPE screening tool, with brief presentations from jurisdictions, including the State of Oklahoma, the State of Kentucky, and Los Angeles County, CA, who have or are currently implementing the tool in child welfare practice.
Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention, and Recovery (SAFERR) This guidebook provides a model that helps professionals respond to families affected by substance use disorders by strengthening partnerships between child welfare and substance abuse treatment agencies and the courts. The model includes screening and assessment tools and efficient communication strategies that support sound and timely decisions about the safety of children and about the treatment and recovery of parents. It includes guidance for developing collaborative relationships between the systems to help improve outcomes for these families.
Drug Testing in Child Welfare: Practice and Policy Considerations The purpose of this paper is to guide child welfare agency policymakers in developing practice and policy protocols regarding the use of drug testing in child welfare practice. This guidance describes the practice and policy issues that policymakers must address to include drug testing in the comprehensive assessment and monitoring that child welfare agencies provide. Published by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2010).
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