Assessments for Parenting, Attachment, or Sibling Relationships

Parenting assessments are conducted to determine the strengths and areas of need for a family in order to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for the children in their care. This assessment examines the parent child relationship, their ability to meet child needs, responses to challenges and overall family functioning. Observations, clinical consultation, and a written assessment are provided. 

Attachment Assessments focus on a child’s relationship to the caregiver through observations, interviews, and collateral contacts in order to evaluate strengths and barriers for successful parenting.   Additionally, the assessment observes and assesses the caregiver’s affect regulation, behavior management, caregiving interactions, and ability to provide for a child’s needs.  This allows the observer to understand the parent child dyadic relationship and attachment as permanency options are considered.  Observations and written assessment are provided to the custodial county and clinical consultation would be provided as requested.

Sibling Relational Assessments assess the strengths and safety of sibling relationships.  These are conducted when a sibling group is in care and there are concerns about the children's ability to live in the same household together, or if there is a contested placement hearing.    This assessment includes information on children’s history, sibling bond, and familial ties, racial and cultural backgrounds, attachment to caregivers, cumulative needs of siblings and families, special needs/abilities of the children, and social interactions of siblings.  Observations and written assessment are provided and clinical consultation are provided as requested regarding on going services for the siblings and recommendations for decision making processes.