At MindSights, we understand that families involved with the Child Welfare agency have usually faced challenges, barriers, and life experiences very different from those of many families. We also understand how things like maltreatment, the stressors associated with financial insecurity, substance abuse, and domestic instability can affect a child’s development and adjustment. These effects can be both profound and complex, but we believe better outcomes are achieved when caseworkers, families, foster parents, educators, and therapists all have a good understanding of a child’s unique complexity.
Our Child Welfare Assessment Services program is grounded on the idea that early identification and early intervention provide the best chance for kids entering the care of the state. We also appreciate that the effectiveness of supports, interventions, and services need to be monitored, and recalibrated when necessary. And sometimes situations are so complex, or kids have so much going on in their lives, that intensive assessment is needed in order to get a handle on things.
We are currently serving children and youth 4 through 17 years of age. We are able to conduct assessments in Spanish and English, to meet the needs of children who are bilingual or whose primary language is Spanish. At this time, we are not able to accommodate requests for psychological testing in languages other than Spanish or English. We also not able to conduct bonding assessments at this time.
If you have clients that are 2-3 years old: unfortunately, we still have not been able to resume full Psychological Evaluation services for kids under 4, as so much of what happens during a Psychological Evaluation requires face-to-face interaction and an ability to adhere to safety protocols. We do recognize, however, that MindSights can sometimes respond to DHS’s psychological consultation needs without completing a full Psychological Evaluation. With certain cases, it is possible for us to provide at least some developmentally- and psychologically-informed advice following a combination of tele-health interviews, records review, and completion of standardized behavioral assessments. Please contact us if you would like to initiate this process.
For information about the specialty RAPID assessment program for children new to Child Welfare, please see this page.
Regardless of the type or scope of the assessment, our core values include provision of high quality psychological assessment services as rapidly as possible. If it has been identified that a child needs such services, we believe he or she should not have to wait months to receive them. Therefore, we will work directly with a child’s or adolescent’s primary caregiver to schedule appointments that fit with everyone’s calendars, and at the earliest possible date(s). We will also inform caseworkers of appointment dates/times, work with caseworkers’ availability when scheduling debriefing meetings, and send caseworkers appointment reminders for each meeting. To initiate a Service Request, please complete the Child Welfare Worker Contact Form below.