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Below is the link to the information which can be found about the Family Functional Assessment that DHS permanency planning workers use as a means of gaining family information, background, and overall ability to function. As the website explains, "Family Functional Assessment, is the most important step in the permanency planning process. Information obtained during the Assessment of Child Safety is the foundation for the behaviorally-focused individualized service plan (ISP)."
When I first meet a family the child has already been removed. My job is to step in and help the family work towards getting the children home. This assessment is step one in the process. The individualized service plan (ISP) is what I write for the family/parents to follow. It lists all the services that will need to be completed and as soon as I can make the referral to the selected service provider, the family may begin.
This assessment is a great tool. It's several pages long and is a questionnaire. The areas of the assessment are: The family telling their story, kinship connections, housing/food needs, medical needs, mental health/medications, substance abuse, violence in the home, and day to day parenting. Once we obtain information from the parents, if the children are old enough to be able to understand the questions, their is a group of questions within each section just for the children to answer. The parents and the children are spoken to separately and if domestic violence is suspected then the female is questioned separately from the male.

OKDHS (2010). "Family Functional Assessment". Retrieved August 22, 2010 from, http://www.okdhs.org/library/policy/oac340/075/06/0040003.htm.

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I too have been on an assessment team that had to work with a family to gather information. There are many parts to a family assessment including medical history, family history, development, observations, and input from others ...

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