Family Assessment Response, also known as “FAR”, provides a comprehensive assessment of child safety, risk of subsequent child abuse or neglect, family strengths and need. FAR does not require an investigation or determination of whether maltreatment occurred. FAR is only used when caseworkers see there is no immediate danger to children and when there are no allegations of serious child abuse. Participation in FAR is voluntary. With FAR, caseworkers work in partnership with families to address problems that could affect child safety. It is solution- focused and designed to connect families with services to prevent future involvement with the child welfare system. The intensity and duration of service delivery will depend on a family’s identified needs and resources.

Increase child safety; Reduce risk of subsequent child abuse or neglect; Increase family strengths and positive outcomes.