Advanced Designated Analysis Planning and Tracking Tool
ADAPT© is a new on-line mental health screening instrument designed specifically for children and youth in the child welfare system. It was developed by a psychologist and a psychiatrist with many years of clinical experience in the field. ADAPT organizes and integrates information regarding the complex issues of these children. It delivers a detailed report that can serve as an important step in treatment planning
ADAPT is an on-line instrument available 24/7 to authorized users. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If requested information is not immediately available, the instrument can be paused indefinitely while the information is obtained, resulting in a more complete and accurate screening. A printable report is available immediately upon completion. Analysis of collected data can assist agencies in program development, strategic planning, and resource alignment. ADAPT also provides a convenient way to demonstrate compliance with policies mandating timely screening. In these ways, ADAPT advances efforts to improve the mental health care of these children.
Unlike other currently available mental health screening instruments, ADAPT is designated for use by those charged with the care of children in the child welfare system. It is designated for this population because of their unique clinical needs. The report remains stored in the ADAPT data base and can be accessed anytime, anywhere immediately.
Based upon the BioPsychoSocial model recommended by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ADAPT analyzes the whole child from three perspectives: Biological, Psychological, and Social. It then integrates these perspectives into a more complete, holistic understanding of the child.
Because ADAPT synthesizes the broad range of BioPsychoSocial issues impacting children in care, it can be a valuable contribution to the caregiver and agency for appropriate planning. ADAPT provides an individualized report of each child’s particular potential mental health care needs.
Because ADAPT can be retaken at regular intervals, it provides a simple, consistent method of tracking a child’s response to care over time and across agencies. This allows for timely interventions and appropriate alterations to the treatment plan.
ADAPT Generates Summary Reports that provide information about the child in the following areas:
ADAPT reports are suitable for use as initial and follow-up documentation for the court. *Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, American Psychiatric Association, Edition 5
Using the Bio-Psychosocial Model to Better Understand Children with Multiple Negative Impacts.
A 3-D View examines the “big picture” of troubled foster, kinship and adopted children. Eschewing a single, narrow perspective of these struggling children, the authors support a three-dimensional viewpoint. The 3-D approach integrates information from biological, psychological, and social dimensions to furnish depth and breadth to the understanding and treatment of at-risk children. The book describes:
ADAPT is available to agencies who wish to screen many or all of the children in their care. It may be advantageous for caseworkers or other staff to have an “inservice training” on the background and “nuts and bolts” of ADAPT prior to distributing, explaining, collecting, interpreting results, and recommending programmatic changes based upon the data generated. For this reason, trainings are available in person or via webinar.
Workshops based upon the book and presented by the author(s) are available.
Dr’s. Kagan and Delaney are available to provide talks, seminars, workshops, and webinars.
For information on ADAPT orders, scheduling trainings and/or book orders, contact:
If you think you are having a medical or mental health emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Do not rely on communication through this website for immediate, urgent medical or mental health needs. This website is not designed to facilitate medical or mental health emergencies.
James M. Kagan, M.D.
Dr. Kagan has practiced pediatrics and then psychiatry for over forty years. He lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado where he cares for many foster, kinship, and adopted children.
Richard J. Delaney, Ph.D.
Dr. Delaney has practiced psychology for over forty years and is a nationally recognized consultant on foster care and adoption. He has authored several books on the subject and is co-founder of Foster Parent College.
Pradyumna Narayana, Ph.D.
Pradyumna has finished his Ph.D. in Computer Vision at Colorado State University and is currently working at Google. His interests are Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Kim Leighty is the Contact Manager for ADAPT and A 3-D View.