Welcome to ADAPT©

ADAPT© is an online questionnaire which gathers mental health information about children (ages 4-17) in alternative care. ADAPT© can be filled out by the child’s/youth’s foster, kinship, or adoptive parent, caseworker, or therapist in about twenty minutes. A summary report is instantly generated which integrates answers into a format suitable for submission to mental health, social, and other helping professionals.

The co-developers of ADAPT are a psychiatrist and psychologist with decades of experience in evaluating and treating children living in foster, kinship, and adoptive families as well as in residential care. They created ADAPT in response to an ongoing need for a mental health screening tool for this singularly disadvantaged group of children.

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Information That ADAPT Gathers
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ADAPT questionnaire gathers information about demographics (age, gender, grade in school), the child’s strengths, trauma history, psychological and behavioral problems, psychiatric signs and symptoms, psychotropic medication use, and medical concerns.

ADAPT Produces a Report:

Upon completion of the questionnaire, a report is instantly generated with a summary and analysis of the following areas:

  1. Confidential Information such as age, gender, and grade in school;
  2. Traumatic Childhood Events to which the child has reportedly been exposed and a list of related outcomes for which the child may be at increased risk;
  3. Psychological/Behavioral Problems which the child has shown;
  4. Potential Areas for Immediate Consideration which identify specific behaviors that may place the child, family or others at risk;
  5. Placement Instability Risk which is based on aspects of the child’s behavior and circumstances which may destabilize the placement;
  6. Psychiatric Disorder Risks drawn from the DSM-5*;
  7. Psychotropic Medication Utilization requiring ongoing supervision by a physician;
  8. Medical Concerns which may compromise the child’s general well-being and mental health;
  9. Strengths of the child related to resiliency and recovery; and
  10. Findings and Considerations related to the possible need for a mental health or psychiatric evaluation of the child or the family of origin; the importance of safety planning around specific child behaviors; the risk of placement instability; the risk of psychiatric disorder(s), and the use of psychotropic medication(s).

*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, American Psychiatric Association, Edition 5


For information on ADAPT, contact:

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