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CASA Lunch & Learn – What is a CANS Assessment?

What is a CANS Assessment and how will it impact my child’s education?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, level of care and service planning. IT facilitates quality improvement initiatives and allows monitoring of outcomes of services children receive.

All children in foster care 3 to 17 years old, are required to get a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment within 30 days. The CANS Assessment is a tool that measures a member’s strengths and needs. It is used to help create a plan of service so that the member can get the best care possible. The Assessment must be performed by a certified CANS provider.

Join us to hear from Stephanie Duncan, Child Placement and Family Services Director with New Horizons. Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Child Placement Agency Administrator (LCPAA), and certified CANS Administrator. She will talk about what the CANS Assessment does, why it’s important for our children in care, and how it can affect the recommendations we may make.