DFCS assessments are required for a variety of reasons. Child custody, parent fitness, and a variety of matters are pending in judicial proceedings.
Commonly, parents are required to participate in these types of assessment due to on-going substance use disorder by a parent, or a situation where child endangerment has occurred.
A parental fitness assessment is a specialized psychological evaluation, typically ordered by a court, and used to assess the capacity of a parent to parent their children. Often times, this evaluation is ordered by a court as part of a termination of parental rights case or in the course of determining a parent’s ability to assume custody of their children in a custody dispute. Parents involved in DCFS cases are often required to obtain a parental fitness evaluation.
Here is a link to APA.org for further assistance in understanding the importance of DFCS Assessments https://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/child-protection