Resource Family Approval requires that a psychosocial assessment be completed for an applicant to be approved as a Resource Family. What is a psychosocial assessment?

NOTE: As of February 6, 2018, the “psychosocial assessment” will now be referred to as the “family evaluation.”

The term “psychosocial assessment” may sound daunting, but it is really just a series of conversations with a social worker. The social worker will be interested in how an applicant deals with setbacks, what lessons the applicant has learned, and how the applicant is currently living. It also includes a review of the applicant’s physical and mental health, substance use, and family background. As part of this process, a social worker will also meet with all the other individuals living in the home.

The goal of a psychosocial assessment is to get to know the applicant and evaluate their ability to provide a safe and loving home for a child in foster care. It is also an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions and gain an understanding of one’s role as a caregiver. These conversations allow for more thoughtful matches because the social worker will evaluate how an applicant responds to challenging situations and what support an applicant might need to care for a traumatized child while they recover.

Welfare & Inst. Code § 16519.5(d)(3)(B)Cal. Department of Social Services Resource Family Approval Written Directives § 6-05 (effective February 6, 2017)Resource Family Approval Guide (p. 17).

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