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Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment (CCFA)


The Child and Family Comprehensive Assessment (CCFA) is initiated soon after the child enters foster care.  The child and his/her family, both immediate and extended, are engaged in the assessment process.  Family-centered approaches such as Family Team Meetings and Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings are conducted.  This is done to involve the family in the assessment, planning, and decision-making around the needs of the child. The Family Assessment is the foundation of the family case plan.


Information obtained through the CCFA includes:

    Understanding the degree of parent-child attachment and where the child feels a sense of belonging
    Exploring the child’s extended family as a potential resource for support and/or the placement of the child
    Assessing the family’s history and/or patterns of behavior (e.g., prior CPS involvement or foster care placements, past experience with handling crisis, problems with addiction, criminal behavior, etc.)
    Identify strengths and resources from which the family can tap
    Evaluate the core needs of the family which, at a minimum, must be changed or corrected for the child to be safely returned within a reasonable period of time to the home
    Evaluate the probability of the child returning home or the likelihood of an alternative permanency plan
    Identify medical, emotional, social, educational and placement-related needs of the child