Belonging and Emotional Security Tool (BEST)

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Program/Intervention Name

Belonging and Emotional Security Tool (BEST)


Assessment and Measurement Instruments for Target Populations

Program/Intervention Description

Developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Belonging and Emotional Security Tool (BEST), Baltimore, MD, guides social workers in exploring a youths connections to foster parents and foster parents attachment/commitment to youth. The tool, one for youth and another for the parents help guide the discussion and decision making relative to permanency with a youth in their care. Discussions inform future planning.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)


Program Goals/Outcomes

Evaluate the youth's sense of belonging and the family's level of commitment to the youth to inform planning for permanence

QIC Target Group

Pre -Target 1

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 1: Designed for Adoption or Guardianship

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 5: Better Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Email site


Casey Family Services

Contact Email

Contact Phone


External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)

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