Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths

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CANS is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services.  This training will familiarize participants with the six key principles of the CANS, the scoring process, and prepare them for the CANS certification online. 

Community Partner Training- Sponsored by CYFD-BHS

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Learning Objectives

  • Needs: areas where a child requires help or intervention. Needs are ranked by intensity; these rankings are then used to identify intervention priorities.

    Strengths: the child’s assets, abilities, interests, and areas of success. Through CANS, these strengths are used to develop interventions.

    The CANS is mandatory throughout CYFD-Protective Services and at many affiliated community provider agencies.