Families participate in an individualized, strengths-based, family focused, culturally responsive assessment that informs service and permanency plan development.
The information gathered for assessments is directed at concerns identified in initial screenings and limited to material pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives.
Assessments are conducted in a strengths-based, culturally responsive manner to identify 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 of choice, political status, tribal affiliation, and the person’s religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural background. Other important factors that contribute to a responsive assessment include age, sexual orientation, and developmental level.
Family members are engaged, as appropriate, in a comprehensive assessment to determine:
Update: Revised First Interpretation - 03/01/11
KC 2.03 Original First Interpretation:
Within the first 30 days of placement, the child also receives a diagnostic assessment to identify needs.
Interpretation: Within the first 30 days of placement, the child also receives a diagnostic assessment to identify needs. Responsibility for the completion of the diagnostic assessment can differ depending on the type of kinship care service. Informal kinship care programs can provide information and support to caregivers to help them access such services, while formal kinship care services are responsible for ensuring the receipt of the assessment.
Interpretation: The child’s extended family should be included in the assessment process when culturally or clinically appropriate.
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix for additional Comprehensive Basic Assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
The child receives an initial screening from a qualified medical practitioner within 72 hours of entry into care to identify the need for immediate physical or mental health services, and to assess for infection and communicable disease.
Interpretation: The portion of the initial screening that addresses mental health identifies suicidal ideation or history of suicide attempts and aggressive, dangerous, self-destructive, or psychotic behaviors.
Note: In order to receive a rating of 1, the screening should be conducted by a qualified medical practitioner. In order to receive a rating of 2, the organization can work with a qualified medical practitioner to develop a screening tool that can be administered by trained personnel at the organization. The organization should implement this practice within the stated timeframe in the majority of cases, but will receive a rating of 2 if in all other cases, the screening is conducted within 5 days of entry into care.
Note: See KC 10.04 for additional information about the comprehensive health assessments needed to identify and address children’s health needs.
NA The organization only provides informal kinship care services.
Assessments are completed within timeframes established by the organization and are updated periodically.
Interpretation: Assessments may need to be updated prior to case reviews or decision-making, and when the family’s circumstances change.