Early Assessment Project
- Description of the Assessment Process
- Principal Investigators
- Evaluation of the Early Assessment Project
In the United States, over three million children are reported to Child Protective Services every year. Of these children, a million are found to be maltreated. However, about a third of these children do not receive any services and about a third are re-reported to child protection agencies.
Many children are reported multiple times before Child Protective Services finally acts decisively, usually by removing the child from the home. By then it may be too late for these children to receive the care that can make the best of their skills and intelligence.
The Early Assessment Project aims to promote a paradigm shift in child welfare services by demonstrating that early, comprehensive assessments of children and families identified by Child Protective Services with ongoing consultation and follow-up can lead to better outcomes for children and families.
- Children ages seven and younger and their families
- First time substantiated referrals to Child Protective Services
- Categorized as I (court referral required) & II (Protective Services required)
Michigan counties served
- Washtenaw County
- Lenawee County
- Medical exams on every child seven and younger
- Developmental assessments of every child
- Screening of children for trauma and behavior problems
- Interviews with every child
- Interviews of every caretaker
- Screening of all caretakers for substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health problems.
- Psychological testing, if indicated
- Collateral contacts with professionals (e.g., teachers, providers of supportive services, and therapists) working with the child and family
- Collateral contacts with extended family members if indicated