CAS offers a variety of client services where, based upon completion of an investigation and the application of the Risk Assessment Tool, the child is not immediately in need of protection or where voluntary clients request assistance from a CAS. These services may include information, referrals to other community agencies, counselling, support and assistance to families and children. The CAS goal is to assist parents solve problems and eliminate the risk of harm to their children.
The Family Preservation Program
Our agency’s primary mandate is to provide child welfare services to children and families who have been identified as an “at risk population for child abuse or neglect.” In 2007, we introduced to the agency The Family Preservation Program, consisting of the “access program” and our in-house “applied behavioural therapy program” which is designed to create an evidence-based family intervention program internal to KHCAS. This program utilizes prescribed applied behaviour analysis interventions with the common outcome of promoting permanency, protection and well-being for children either within their family of origin or within their kinship/fostering/adoptive family.
The Family Preservation Program is a multi-treatment approach to reducing the likelihood of child maltreatment by providing directed treatments to high-risk families and those under child protective services, including skills to address ecological determinants that would encourage more positive outcomes in different domains of functioning. The services are delivered directly to clients in their homes and/or alternative care settings. The advantage to this approach is that parents are given the opportunity to learn new skills in a natural environment.
- Biological Family Preservation
- Child and Family Reunification
- Foster Family Preservation
- Kinship/Kith or Customary Care Preservation
- Adoptive Home Preservation
- Family/Child Visitation
- Transitioning to Adulthood or adoptive home from group home
- Behavioural Assessment of Parenting Skills
- Parent Skills Training
- Environmental Skills Training
- Home Routine Training
- Infant Care Skills Training
- Parent-Child Interaction training
- Triple P: Positive Parenting Program
- The family must be involved with KHCAS.
- The case manager, in collaboration with the supervisor, will submit a referral.
- We review referrals monthly to determine applicability.
- Family-Child Visitation will be scheduled once referral is received.
- Once a decision is made a meeting is held with the worker to determine needs and strengths.
- There is an assessment phase, which involves direct and indirect assessment measures. Following that is an intervention phase (determined by assessment) and a maintenance phase. All phases are designed to meet the needs of the family. These can vary from a few weeks to a few months.