There are several types of parenting assessments and those involving child custody.
A parental assessment looks at the dynamics between a parent and their child/ren and typically assess the parent’s mental health, parenting ability and parental capacity.
Parental assessments can be obtained privately or are commonly requested by Child and Family Services.
Privately, it can be done to evaluate your parenting techniques, parenting philosophy, ability and any mental health or parenting related questions. The information gathered can be useful for self-reflection and personal growth, benefitting you, your child/ren, and your entire family.
Sometimes a parental assessment is ordered privately in preparation for a divorce.
Formal family forensic assessments can help to identify or answer a particular question requested by the court which may include strengths and weaknesses, voices of the child or children or decisions regarding custody and access and parenting. While assessments can vary from individual to individual and case to case most times they include testing, interviews, observation, and consultation with one of Insight’s trained professionals.
Types of custody access assessments include:
A SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) is a home-study report ordered by the government, and conducted by home assessors, in cases where a family is applying for kinship, adoption, foster parenting, or private guardianship.
To learn more about custody access and parental assessments, please contact Insight Psychological