A Family Assessment is one of the many ways that Greene County Children Services helps our community maintain safe and nurturing homes for children. Family Assessments are our first response to reports of possible child abuse or neglect. They help us understand how families are functioning, and aid in determining if children are safe and getting adequate care.
Our caseworkers visit homes, talk to family members, and help them access services to make changes to ensure the children are cared for and safe. The vast majority of times, concerns can be resolved without any services beyond the Family Assessment.
There are two types of Family Assessments:
A traditional child protection response is needed in order to determine whether abuse or neglect has occurred and to ensure child safety and well-being.
An alternative approach where there is no direct finding of child maltreatment may be more appropriate.
In both the Traditional and Alternative Responses caseworkers partner with families and ensure that they are connected with the services and supports they need to keep their children safe.