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IFSP Tutorial - Evaluation and Assessment

Planning with Families for Evaluation and Assessment:

Essential Content of Planning with Families

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Informed consent needed from families for evaluation and assessment

All information about a child/family, and any information desired by a family, must be collected in a non-intrusive manner, with informed consent from parents/guardians. Informed consent means that family members have had an opportunity to discuss relevant issues in order to give consent to begin evaluation and assessment, and have taken part in joint decision making with the interim service coordinator and other early intervention providers. Consent must be given in writing for both a child's evaluation and assessment and the specific medical records that may be released to the local early intervention program. Families need to understand that their consent is voluntary, and may be revoked at any time. If written consent is not given by parents, reasonable efforts must be made to ensure that the parent understands why the evaluation is needed, and that neither the evaluation or early intervention services can be provided without it.

Keep in mind that identifying, with families, their priorities, resources, and concerns is a voluntary process, related to identifying the supports and services that will help family members meet the developmental needs of their child. Consent for identifying, with families, their priorities, resources, and concerns should also be secured near the beginning of a planning conversation, after a family has heard some information about the Maryland Infants and Toddlers program.

Examples of consent forms will be available soon.


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