Using the ACS FASP Desk Guide in Foster Care Case Practice

This learning program supports the implementation of the ACS FASP Desk Guide in Foster Care Case Practice. With the expiration of Title IV-E and its impact on the funding of foster care, ACS is seeking to de-implement the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS-NY) evidence-based assessment guidelines. In its place, the ACS Family Assessment Service Plan (FASP) Desk Guide has been developed to support foster care case planners and their supervisors in their use of the FASP to assess family strengths, risks and needs as well as to create a customized service plan that prioritizes the most pressing issues for the promotion of safety and the achievement of permanency goals.


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff, supervisors and managers working in Foster Care services.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Recognize the overall purpose and logical flow of the FASP.
  • Be trained to identify how documentation and assessment impact permanency and family outcome achievement.
  • Be able to use the FASP Desk Guide within daily practice and within Supervisory Coaching to strengthen family assessment and service planning.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A half-day, instructor-led training.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.



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