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Message ID: 7966
Date: 2008-12-18

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:parental capacity eval in child welfare

I am working on a "stakeholder input" recommendation regarding parental capacity evaluation in connection with CFS and case planning. I am focusing on the issue that local practice is to have parental capacity eval done by a state agency and then to have the results reviewed by the evaluator with the parent and caseworker. Issues are that parents are not comfortable with the requirement (at least as practiced) that the caseworker be present during review of the evaluation. Parents are likely to be sensitized to the negative (or perceived negative) aspects of the review, they may be in the midst of legal proceedings in which the "other side" is represented by the caseworker and likely to regard the eval more as a tool for legal prosecution in child welfare proceedings than as a case planning device. Is there some info about best practices for handling these situations? The idea is to make some suggestions to the regional agency that conducts these. One likely suggestion is to provide private consultation with parent to review the results, ensure parents receive an actual copy of the eval (not routine practice) Also, any info as to effectiveness of parental capacity evals conducted involving the parent alone vs. parent and child(ren)? If visitation observations are part of a parental capacity eval, should this be explained to family members beforehand? What about explaining the types of assessments (formal and informal) that will be done? There are two types of evals done--one type is for service planning for reunification, the other is when termination of rights is being considered. Focus here will be on the first type. Sheri McMahon ND

I am working on a "stakeholder input" recommendation regarding parental capacity evaluation in connection with CFS and case planning. I am focusing on the issue that local practice is to have parental capacity eval done by a state agency and then to have the results reviewed by the evaluator with the parent and caseworker. Issues are that parents are not comfortable with the requirement (at least as practiced) that the caseworker be present during review of the evaluation. Parents are likely to be sensitized to the negative (or perceived negative) aspects of the review, they may be in the midst of legal proceedings in which the "other side" is represented by the caseworker and likely to regard the eval more as a tool for legal prosecution in child welfare proceedings than as a case planning device. Is there some info about best practices for handling these situations? The idea is to make some suggestions to the regional agency that conducts these. One likely suggestion is to provide private consultation with parent to review the results, ensure parents receive an actual copy of the eval (not routine practice) Also, any info as to effectiveness of parental capacity evals conducted involving the parent alone vs. parent and child(ren)? If visitation observations are part of a parental capacity eval, should this be explained to family members beforehand? What about explaining the types of assessments (formal and informal) that will be done? There are two types of evals done--one type is for service planning for reunification, the other is when termination of rights is being considered. Focus here will be on the first type. Sheri McMahon ND