We’ve Updated Our Tools!!!

The National Family Preservation Network is excited to announce that we have updated the NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R and Trauma/Well-Being tool. Here’s a summary:

The updated tools include the following changes from the previous tools:

·      In the NCFAS-G and NCFAS-G+R, there is now an additional domain. The previous tools had one domain for Child Well-Being which covered ages 0-21. This domain was divided into two domains in the updated tools, which now have a domain for Child Well-Being (age 0-12) and Youth Well-Being (age 13-21). These two domains provide a more accurate assessment of children and youth at different stages of their development.

·      Throughout all of the updated tools, language has been changed to reflect a more strength-based approach to assessing families.

·      In the NCFAS-G and NCFAS-G+R, some subscales have been moved to more appropriate domains, and others have been consolidated to avoid redundancy.

·      All of the Case Studies & Sample Ratings have been updated to provide more clarity and effectiveness in training.

·      Throughout all of the materials, language has been updated to reflect current lifestyles.

These updates were initiated by feedback that NFPN has received over the last several years. The updated tools were pilot-tested by numerous agencies led by the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (www.iarca.org).

We’re very pleased with the results and we believe programs will find these changes to be especially beneficial in their work. Agencies that are licensed to use the previous tools will be able to upgrade to the new tools for a minimal fee. Please contact us for pricing and if you have any questions at director@nfpn.org or 888-498-9047.

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

NFPN in Indiana

For the past two years, most of our interaction with agencies/partners has been through video conferencing (as it has probably been for many of you, too). In mid-late 2021, I was able to take short trips to Hickory, NC and New York City to provide training and meet with a researcher. It was so nice to make those face-to-face connections again!

I’m happy to say that these opportunities are continuing. In early April, I’ve been asked to conduct training on the NCFAS-G at a conference held by the Prevention Services Department of the Indiana Department of Child Services. The participants will be staff of the Community Partners for Child Safety program which is funded by the federal CBCAP grant. The conference will be held in Indianapolis.

While I’m there, I’m also going to meet with the staff of the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA). For many years, NFPN has partnered with IARCA in various ways, most recently with the Outcomes 2020 project (https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/outcomes-2020/). We plan to share the results of this project in the very near future.

I look forward to meeting the staff from the above programs and organizations. We’re also presenting at the Child Welfare League of America’s conference in Washington, DC in late April (https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2021/12/17/nfpn-at-cwla-conference/). I’m very thankful to have the chance to see people in-person and strengthen those relationships. I hope it’s the beginning of many more opportunities to come!

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

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