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introduction to the casey foster family assessments cffa

Introduction to the Casey Foster Family Assessments (CFFA)

An Interactive Learning Module for End Users

Click here to move to next slide.

Press ESC to exit module.

how to use this learning module
How to Use This Learning Module

Click on the navigation buttons to move through this learning module as follows:

  • Move forward to the next slide.
  • Move back to the previous slide.
  • Return to the Table of Contents & select new content.
  • Indicate an answer to a question.
  • Go to the CFFA web site

WEB

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how to view the web site while using the training module
How to View the Web Site While Using the Training Module
  • During the training module we suggest links to important information on the www.fosterfamilyassessments.orgweb site. If you want to go to the web site to view information, click on the button. When you are finished, minimize the web site to return to the training module.

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table of contents
Table of Contents

Introduction to the Module

Overview of the CFFA

Why do I need to use the CFFA?

CFFA Development

CFFA and Standards of Best Practice

Advantages of the CFFA

You can navigate to any part of the content by clicking the button next to a content area.

introduction
Introduction

This interactive learning module prepares you to use online versions of the Casey Foster Family Assessment (CFFA) tools for assessing foster and foster/ adoptive parent applicants.

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after completing this self study module you will know about
After completing this self-study module you will know about…..
  • Who developed the CFFA and why it is needed
  • How the CFFA responds to national, state, and local child welfare standards of best practice
  • The benefits of using the CFFA

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cffa overview
CFFA Overview
  • The CFFA has two sets of measures.
    • The Casey Foster Applicant Inventory (CFAI)
    • Casey Home Assessment Protocol (CHAP)

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the casey foster applicant inventory cfai has two versions
The Casey Foster Applicant Inventory (CFAI) has two versions
  • The applicant version (CFAI-A) is the applicant’s view about his or her potential
  • The worker version (CFAI-W) is the worker’s view about the applicant

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there are 18 casey home assessment protocol measures
There are 18 Casey Home Assessment Protocol measures
  • Foster/adoptive parents applicants complete the CHAP measures to share their views about themselves

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why do i need to use the cffa
Why do I need to use the CFFA?

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think about foster parents you know
Think about foster parents you know

Answer the following questions based on your experiences with foster parents, foster care, and your agency.

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Click to compare your experiences with studies of foster parents

Questions

  • What % of foster parents never have children placed?
  • What % of foster parents dropout within a year of their first placements?
  • What % of foster parents say they feel prepared and supported to foster?
  • What are the costs when foster parents are not successful?

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studies with foster parents report
Studies with foster parents report…
  • Approximately one-third of homes do not have placements at any one given time. Many foster parents never accept placements because they are unwilling to care for children with special needs or teens.

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studies with foster parents cont
Studies with foster parents cont.
  • Almost half of foster parents quit within a year of their first placement. Twenty to 25 percent of foster parents quit each year and another quarter express uncertainty about continuing.

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Studies with foster parents cont.
  • Over half of foster parents report not having enough information about important areas of fostering.

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Studies with foster parents cont.
  • Agencies have to recruit more homes for children in care. Agencies have a less experienced pool of foster parents. Children face placement disruption and move from one new inexperienced foster home to another inexperienced foster home.

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foster parent development
Foster Parent Development

Applicants come to agencies with a variety of previous experiences that affect their attitudes and beliefs about being a foster parent.

Experienced foster parents

As they care for children and youth and work with agencies, foster parents develop greater potential to provide stable home placements that promote child well-being.

New foster parent

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foster family assessment process
Foster Family Assessment Process

Worker’s Knowledge

Foster Parent’s Previous Experiences

BeliefsAttitudes

Observations of Applicant

CFFA Scores

Strengths

Growth Areas

Sharing Results

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cffa development
CFFA Development
  • Casey Family Programs developed with CFFA in collaboration with the Foster Family Project at the University of Tennessee
    • Casey’s mission is to provide and improve—and ultimately to prevent the need for—foster care by promoting advances in child welfare practice and policy.
    • The Foster Family Project conducts research on foster family characteristics, recruitment and retention, kinship care, motivation to foster, role understanding, willingness to foster, training and services for kinship care, and foster home utilization.

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others joined to develop the cffa
Others joined to develop the CFFA
  • Foster parents
  • Foster care workers
  • Agency administrators
  • Foster care researchers

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the cffa was tested with experienced foster parents and foster care workers
The CFFA was tested with experienced foster parents and foster care workers
  • Reference group of experienced foster parents
  • 304 foster mothers
  • 111 foster fathers

208 Workers

Refer to the CFAI and CHAP Technical Manuals to learn more about the pilot study.

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let s review
Let’s Review

The CFFA was developed with input from

  • Foster parents
  • Foster care workers
  • Foster parents and foster care workers

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yes you are correct
Yes! You are correct.
  • You answered C. The CFFA was developed with input from foster parents and foster care workers about qualities and characteristics they think are important to assess. This is a good point to make when talking with applicants about the CFFA

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nope try again
Nope. Try again.
  • You answered A. Foster parents had input. So did other stakeholders.

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Nope. Try again.
  • You answered B. Foster care workers had input. So did other stakeholders.

Return to the question

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Let’s Review

For measures completed by the applicant (CFAI-A and CHAP measures), applicants’ responses are compared withthe responses of experienced

  • Foster mothers
  • Foster mothers and foster fathers
  • Foster care workers

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Yes! You are correct.
  • You answered B. The normative group for the CFAI-A and CHAP is the sample of 304 foster mothers and 111 foster fathers. You know what the applicant’s responses mean in comparison to the responses of these experienced foster mothers and fathers. The CFAI-W uses foster care workers’ responses for comparison.

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Nope. Try again.
  • You answered A. CFFA norms are based on the experienced foster parents who participated in the pilot study.

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Nope. Try again.
  • You answered C. Foster care workers are the normative group for the CFAI-W.

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the cffa represents best practice in assessing applicants
The CFFA represents best practice in assessing applicants
  • Complies with best practice standards
    • Child Welfare League of America
    • Casey Family Programs
    • National Commission on Family Foster Care
  • Fits with pre-service training programs (e.g., MAPP, PRIDE, PATH, IHS)
  • Based on foster family research

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the cffa adds to selection practices workers already use
The CFFA adds to selection practices workers already use
  • The CFFA fits with existing guidelines for selection

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cffa assesses fostering potential
CFFA assesses fostering potential

Work as Partners with Agency

Provide a Safe Environment

Provide a Nurturing Environment

Support Birth Family Relations

Meet Physical and Emotional Needs

Fostering

Potential

Fostering Potential

Manage Demands on Well-Being

Support Development

Grow as a

Foster Parent

Promote

Education

Support Cultural Needs

Manage

Loss

Support Permanency

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cffa is good assessment practice
CFFA is good assessment practice
  • Informs, engages, and clarifies
  • Guides tasks for foster home development
  • Plans for training and support
  • Improves stability, safety, and well-being for children
  • Increases foster parent satisfaction and retention

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advantages of the cffa
Advantages of the CFFA

Standardized

Reliable

Valid

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more advantages
More advantages…
  • Assesses parenting AND unique aspects of foster parenting
  • Designed specifically for foster and foster/adopt parents
  • Developed with input from foster parents
  • Compares results with normative group of experienced foster parents
  • Compatible with pre-service training

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benefits for workers
Benefits for Workers
  • Easy to use
  • Guides what to ask
  • Opens communication
  • Suggests how to interpret information
  • Makes every home study unique

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benefits for applicants
Benefits for Applicants
  • Share information easily, quickly, and thoroughly
  • Add to autobiographical information
  • See themselves as foster/adoptive parents

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do not use the cffa tools
Do Not Use the CFFA Tools:

To approve or disapprove a family to foster/adopt

Without considering what else you know about the applicant

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cffa review
CFFA Review

Your agency is considering how to improve its assessment practices. What are three key points to share about the advantages of using the CFFA?

1. ________________________

2. ________________________

3. ________________________

Need help answering this question?

Return to the previous section

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CFFA Review

Which of the following is NOT a way to use information obtained from the CFFA?

  • To plan for ongoing training
  • To guide questions for further assessment
  • To approve or disapprove a family to foster

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Yes! You are correct
  • You answered C. You can use the CFFA results to guide further assessment and plan for training and support. You should not use the CFFA to approve or disapprove applicants without considering other information you have about the prospective foster/adoptive parent.

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Nope. Try again
  • You answered A. One use of the CFFA results is to plan for additional training and support.

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no try again
No. Try again
  • You answered B. One use of the CFFA is to guide other questions you want to ask the applicant.

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this concludes introduction to the casey foster family assessments
This concludes Introduction to the Casey Foster Family Assessments

Thank you for your interest in learning about the CFFA!

Other interactive self-tutorials on the CFFA:

  • Completing the CFAI
  • Completing the CHAP Measures
  • Sharing Information about the CFFA with Caregivers

To print a Certificate of Completion for this tutorial, click on the button then press “PrtSc” on your keyboard

Click here to return to the beginning of this tutorial.

Press “ESC” on you keyboard to exit the tutorial

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Certificate

of Completion

Is presented to:

(Trainee’s Name)

For completing the online interactive training module

Introduction to the Casey Foster Family Assessments (CFFA)

(Date Completed)