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Family Assessment Tool
Family Assessment: General

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> Lincoln Action Program Family Assessment Tool

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Lincoln Action Program

Case management staff at Lincoln Action Program in Lincoln, Nebraska, utilize a validated Family Assessment Tool (FAT) to create a profile of each family's strengths and to identify areas where the family may have a need for services or support. The FAT is a holistic instrument, which allows the caseworker and the family to look at issues that may be present in 21 different life domains.  Examples include:  managing financial resources, parenting, domestic violence, career development, childcare, drugs and alcohol, legal issues and others.  This assessment is repeated at program-designated intervals to yield both pre- and post measures of the families' functioning level in each of the FAT's life domains.  Information from the FAT profile is used to help the family create short and long-term goals and actions plans.

(Adapted from information in the Public Welfare Journal, Winter 1997, pg. 33, [vol. 55, issue 1], and used with the permissions of the American Public Human Services Association, and the Lincoln Action Program)


Evaluation


Research shows that participants had significant positive changes in the following areas: adequate housing, resources for food and clothing, understanding and acknowledging substance abuse for a significant other in the family, career planning and readiness for work.

(Adapted from information in the Public Welfare Journal, Winter 1997, pg. 36-40, [vol. 55, issue 1], and used with the permission of the American Public Human Services Association



 
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