Custody Evaluations

Program therapists can complete a Functional Assessment of the ability of parents/guardians to safely provide for the developmental needs of their child. The evaluation includes observation of the home environment, interaction between the parent and child and interviews with acquaintances, such as child-care providers, school personnel, other caregivers or treatment providers.

The evaluation results in a custody recommendation to the court. In most cases, the child’s interests are best served by an ongoing relationship with both parents that includes frequent, predictable contact.

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions will only complete Custody Evaluations that have been ordered by the court. Illinois State law specifies that the party requesting the evaluation will pay for the evaluation. However, the agency asks that the court require each party to have a financial stake in the outcome by paying a share of the fee.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, Contact Us at your local branch office.