Our Mission

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As part of the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a private non-profit agency specializing in the prevention and treatment of child abuse (www.all4kids.org), our team follows the Children’s Bureau mission: to provide vulnerable children the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults.

At FAF, we extend this mission a step further: to strengthen families through innovative tech solutions. We work to improve social work practices and aid family strengthening agencies by introducing cutting edge technology that benefits agencies at every level.

Our History

The core of FAF Software – the Family Assessment Form © – was developed in 1983 by Children’s Bureau in conjunction with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work in response to two pressing needs identified by its home-based family support program: 1) a way to collect standardized information on all families and 2) a more thorough family assessment that facilitates effective service planning. A committee of direct staff service, agency administrators, and consultants determined that none of the existing assessments in the field met the needs of the program, so the committee decided to create its own. Practitioners were at the foundation of designing, defining, pilot testing, and approving all aspects of the assessment. Researchers then partnered with the practitioner team to test and refine the assessment tool to ensure its validity and reliability. In this way, the FAF is unique among assessment tools in that it was designed by practitioners to meet their needs in partnership with researchers to ensure validity and reliability.

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In 1988, Children’s Bureau contracted with the Child Welfare League of America to publish and distribute the then paper-based FAF. In 2000, Children’s Bureau recognized the advantages of going digital, and with support of a grant from the Stuart Foundation, turned the paper-based assessment into the first software version of the tool: FAF Pro.

FAF Software, the newest version of the FAF, was developed in 2012. It enables family support workers, case managers, supervisors, funders and all other stakeholders to access essential data remotely from any internet-enabled device. It integrates the  Family Assessment Form © with modernized technological power.

In 1988, Children’s Bureau contracted with the Child Welfare League of America to publish and distribute the then paper-based FAF. In 2000, Children’s Bureau recognized the advantages of going digital, and with support of a grant from the Stuart Foundation, turned the paper-based assessment into the first software version of the tool: FAF Pro.

FAF Software, the newest version of the FAF, was developed in 2012. It enables family support workers, case managers, supervisors, funders and all other stakeholders to access essential data remotely from any internet-enabled device. It integrates the  Family Assessment Form © with modernized technological power.

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