Learning Programs

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)-NY (Virtual Course)

A Learning Program for Strong Families Foster Care Professionals

About Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)-NY Virtual Course

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths–New York (CANS-NY) is an information integration tool that is designed to communicate the results of a high-quality screening and assessment process. Its primary purpose is to communicate a single, shared vision of the strengths and needs of a child and family being served by multiple service systems (e.g. child welfare, health homes, schools, etc.).

This 4-hour, virtual, instructor-led session is an exciting opportunity for passionate, committed professionals to develop and strengthen their ability to identify a child and family’s strengths and needs, and base the service plan on those needs. Whether you are new to your role or a seasoned professional, this training will help deepen and sharpen your assessment skills.

Moreover, special attention will be paid to how to engage with families and communicate the importance of the CANS-NY in planning for the safety, well-being and permanency of our children in care.

Who Should Attend?

This course is required for all direct service staff in Strong Families Foster Care agencies.

Benefits of the Program

 Participants will:

  • Receive an overview of best practices for integrating the CANS-NY with current case work.
  • Learn how to utilize the reports function of ECANS and review how reports guide case practice.
  • Review engagement techniques for discussing the CANS-NY with families and other stakeholders on the case.

Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed:

  • The Praed Foundation Online CANS Training.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete: 

  • An interactive, four-hour, virtual, instructor-led training.

Continuing Education Credits

There are no CEUs associated with this course.


To register for this course, log in to Cornerstone. For assistance or more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at [email protected] or call (212) 748-1898. Visit our website at www.nycacstraining.org.

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