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CANS Assessment

Understanding the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment

Your one-stop CANS shop

At Bailiff Associates, we specialize in CANS Assessments. Simply fill out the form, and our office will reach out to set up the CANS assessment and send it to where it needs to go!

What is the CANS Assessment?

All children who enter foster care in the state of Texas are required to have a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment done annually.

This comprehensive and standardized tool helps a child's care team identify the unique needs and strengths of each child, thus informing a customized service plan.

The CANS assessment encompasses a wide range of life domains including behavioral health, risk behaviors, and life functioning. It also looks at the strengths and needs of caregivers and the family as a whole, acknowledging the importance of a supportive and stable environment in the child's development and wellbeing.

For children in the custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services a CANS Assessment fulfills screening requirements, clarifies treatment needs, and provides valuable insights that guide care coordination and planning.

Some issues and topics that may be discussed during a CANS Assessment

  1. Basic demographic information: The child or adolescent's date of birth, gender, ethnicity, and current living arrangement.

  2. Current behavior: The caregiver's observations of the child's current behavior, including any problem behaviors, their frequency, and severity.

  3. School performance: Details about the child's school performance, including any academic difficulties, special education services, and relationships with peers and teachers.

  4. Legal issues: Any history of the child's involvement with law enforcement or legal issues.

  5. Medical history: The child's physical health conditions, medication use, and any developmental concerns.

  6. Mental health history: Previous diagnoses, treatments, and mental health service providers involved in the child's care.

  7. Substance use: Any history of substance use by the child, if applicable.

  8. Relationships: Information about the child's relationships with family members and peers.

  9. Strengths and positive qualities: An understanding of the child's strengths and positive attributes.

  10. Traumatic experiences: Details about any traumatic experiences the child has had and how these experiences have affected them.

  11. Family's living situation: The living situation of the family, including who lives in the household and the nature of those relationships.

  12. Family resources and supports: The family's resources and supports, including extended family, friends, community services, religious or cultural groups.

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