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The recent federal shutdown resulted in some anxiety, uncertainty, and turmoil for staff of many programs and agencies. Now it’s time for all us to get back on track, and NFPN would like to assist you with regrouping.

NCFAS Assessment Tools

NFPN continues to offer top-ranked assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-R, NCFAS-G+R, and Spanish versions) that measure family functioning. Several agencies purchased the tools this year for statewide use. Other agencies are using the tools with new programs. Still others use the tool with federally-funded demonstration projects.

NFPN is aware that some agencies had to put off purchasing the tools due to the federal shutdown. For this reason, NFPN is extending our fall savings through November 15. With every order of an assessment tool training package, you will receive free shipping and a free Cultural Competence Training Package.

For more information on all assessment tools, visit:

Assessment Tool for Least Developed Countries

NFPN developed a simplified assessment tool for use in non-English speaking, least developed countries. The Family Assessment—LDC Tool has been tested in Ethiopia and in Nepal over the past two years with good results.

If your agency provides services internationally, please contact NFPN regarding potential use of this assessment tool.

For more information, visit:

Training and Technical Assistance

NFPN conducted the highest-ever number of onsite trainings this year on the assessment tools and Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). We’re currently scheduling onsite training dates for 2014, so contact us right away if you are planning large-scale implementation of any of the NCFAS assessment tools.

The onsite training is provided by NFPN board members who have years of experience and expertise with the assessment tools, IFPS, and more. Most recently, board members provided training on clinical intervention, father-involvement, supervision, and reunification. Trainings are consistently given high ratings by participants. Visit the NFPN website to meet the board members and learn about their expertise.

We’re always available by e-mail or phone to respond to questions related to training and technical assistance. The most frequent technical assistance inquiries are related to optimal use of the assessment tool training packages, database issues, and establishing new or strengthening current IFPS programs.

Here are two free resources on IFPS that are in frequent demand:

Web Database

NFPN currently provides a database on CD for electronic entry of the assessment tool ratings. Easy to install and simple to use, it’s the most cost-effective database that we can provide with the training packages. However, the database cannot be easily revised and it does not allow for remote entry.

NFPN would like to develop a web database and we’re looking for several agencies to partner with us on development and costs. If you’re interested in this project, please contact NFPN.

Father-Involvement Resources

There is currently renewed interest nationwide in training and motivating workers to involve fathers in their children’s lives. NFPN has materials to train practitioners that include:

Free Resources:

NFPN is offering special pricing on fatherhood training materials through November 15. Ten practitioners can be trained on the Basic and Advanced Fatherhood Training Curricula for $200 with $20 per additional practitioner.

To request a price quote, visit:

Website and Blogs

Lots of information is available online from NFPN and free resources include:

If you’re not sure where to begin with all of this information, e-mail or call and we’ll help you get you started!

Priscilla Martens
NFPN Executive Director

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