Parenting Assessments

What is parenting assessment?

A Parenting Assessment is a tool that allows families to examine the strengths and areas of growth in the family.  The assessment examines the quality of the parent child relationship, the parent’s ability to effectively meet the child’s needs, how the parent copes and responds to challenges and the families functioning as a whole.  Specific goals of each assessment may vary.  The goals are set by the referring worker, family and clinician at the time of intake.  

Through the process clinicians are generating a report outlining their observations including both the strengths and areas of growth identified.  Clinicians will give the family and referral source as report including recommendations for services, ideas on addressing the areas of growth, express concerns that were observed and address the goals of the assessment directly. 

Who is it for?

Parenting Assessments are for families, case managers, social workers, Guardians or others who desire to assess the strength of the parent child relationship.  Often families involved with Child Protective Services complete Parenting Assessments to help establish case plans and measure progress.

How long does it take?

The length of a Parenting Assessment can vary.  Factors such as the goals of the assessment, number of people in the family and safety concerns can impact the length.  The average assessment involved approximately five (one hour) sessions over the course of several weeks. The sessions include an array of session that include the parent and child(ren) in dyads and family session that include the parent(s) and child(ren) together as a family unit.  


Parenting Assessments involve both time with the family (clinical time) and time to prepare a report describing the findings (administrative time).  Each hour of time spent on the assessment is billed at $150 per hour.  In most cases the clinical time is billed to insurance while the administrative time is often a non covered service and billed to the client or referring entity directly.  Should there be a need for court appearance to discuss the assessment there is a different fee and policy involved.  


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