Child Welfare Assessments

Kinship House provides specialized assessments to support children involved in the child welfare system.  All assessments start with a permanency and needs assessment unless the assessment involves the biological parent.

(4/24/2019)If you have submitted a request for an Assessment with Kinship House, please note that we currently have closed our referrals for Best Interest, Sibling Assessment and Parent/Child Assessments due to a higher than normal volume. In order to ensure we continue to provide a high quality of assessment, we will reopen when the appropriate resources are available.

Permanency and Needs Assessments (Best Interest)

We assess a child’s developmental and emotional functioning in relation to their permanency needs and provide recommendations for a successful placement in a variety of settings, including with biological, foster, or adoptive parents.

In addition to this assessment, you can request a Sibling Assessment to determine if it is in the best interest of siblings to be placed together in a permanent home, taking into account their developmental and emotional needs, their attachment patterns, and sibling group dynamics.

In addition to this assessment, you can request a Parent-Child Interaction to assess a child’s attachment to a caregiver (foster parent or relative), the appropriateness of the parenting style and whether it meets the developmental and emotional needs of a child, and make recommendations regarding the child’s permanency needs.

Parental Assessments-Between the biological parent(s) and child(ren)

We will assess a caregiver’s parenting skills, their capacity to parent adequately on a long-term basis, and their motivation to care for a child, and provide recommendations for supportive services as needed.

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