Learning Programs

Collaborative Assessment, Response, Engagement and Support (CARES)/Family Assessment Response (FAR)

A Learning Program for NYC Child Protection Staff

About Collaborative Assessment, Response, Engagement and Support(CARES)/Family Assessment Response (FAR)

Collaborative Assessment, Response, Engagement and Support(CARES)/Family Assessment Response (FAR) is New York State’s alternative approach to providing child protection that engages families in assessing child safety and family needs, finding solutions to meet their needs, and increasing their ability to care for their children. CARES/FAR does not require an investigation, determination of allegations, and individual culpability of families reported to the State Central Registry (SCR).  With CARES/FAR, Child Protection staff work in partnership with families to address problems that could affect child safety. CARES/FAR is also a racial equity strategy to address disproportionality and disparity for Black and Latinx families that become known to the SCR who are low-to-moderate risk.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for staff who work in Child Protection.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Learn how to identify and respond to individual family strengths and service needs.
  • Gain understanding in how to support families develop the skill-set necessary to engage their community directly when problems arise or crises occur prior to CPS intervention.
  • Learn how to engage families to develop and enhance skills to identify their own strengths and challenges.

Course Prerequisites

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

  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.
  • A CBT Training accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • A six-day ILT for direct care staff OR a seven-day ILT for supervisors.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion. The program also includes follow up coaching support to ensure effective implementation. Learners are not required to have prior formal coaching experience or training.

Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.

Upcoming Dates