About the Family Assessment Specialists
All Family Assessment Specialists (FAS) have a Master of Social Work and a thorough understanding of conflict resolution. They attend monthly lectures and training sessions that provide current information and build skills. Recent topics include: special education, working with families experiencing domestic violence; alternate dispute resolution/mediation skills, working with sexually exploited children and engaging and empowering at-risk teens
They also participate in specialized work groups that focus on specific practice areas, including: education, group work facilitation, domestic violence, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youths.
What if I have an open case with the Administration for Children’s Services?
Active child protective cases are referred to one of ACS’s field offices for an elevated risk conference to develop a community-based service plan to help keep young people safely at home.
How has FAP helped New York City families since it was created at the end of 2002?
FAP has seen more than 18,000 families and 19,000 young people since 2002. In 2004, FAP assisted 9,034 young people and 8,650 families. Early projections for 2005 indicate that the program helped more than 10,000 families and young people. In the first six months of 2005, FAP saw 5,168 families and 5,255 young people. (Click on the side image to view FAP statistics)
In addition, the number of PINS petitions filed with the Department of Probation has dropped 80 percent since 2002. Between January 1 and June 30, 2002, DOP opened 3,345 PINS cases. During the same period in 2004, DOP opened only 697 PINS cases, according to a study of the program by the Vera Institute of Justice, a private, non-profit research firm based in New York. (Find the study at Vera’s website).