Site Visit: A Model for CFAs in Illinois

Site Visit: A Model for CFAs in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) Integrated Assessment Program (IAP) is an example of how one statewide child welfare system is implementing comprehensive family assessments (CFAs) using a dual-professional approach. With a 5-year discretionary grant in 2007 from the Children's Bureau, IDCFS took the IAP—which was designed for children entering foster care—and extended it to intact families in need of services from the Department. The demonstration project was designed to (1) evaluate the IAP serving children in placement and (2) to adapt, implement, and evaluate the IAP for serving intact families.