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April 2003Vol. 4, No. 3International Study Seeks Participants

A group of American, Canadian, and British child welfare professionals and academics is conducting a study to test and evaluate the benefits of a standardized parenting capacity assessment for child protective services (CPS) agencies. The group hopes the use of this assessment methodology will:

  • Decrease work-related stress for CPS workers
  • Increase job satisfaction for CPS workers
  • Decrease the time required to determine a child's at-risk status
  • Produce valid results about a child's at-risk status

Child welfare teams are invited to participate. A team might consist of front line child welfare professionals, a team supervisor, legal counsel, and an external parenting capacity assessor. Participation will likely involve a 1-year commitment. Experimental groups will receive training and ongoing support. Control groups will continue to function as usual and will agree not to undertake any new initiatives during the study.

Anyone interested in learning more or participating in the project can contact Alex Polgar, Ph.D., at