The CANS is a multiple purpose information integration tool that is designed to be the output of a collaborative assessment process. Completion of the CANS requires effective engagement using a teaming approach. The CANS must be informed by members of the Child and Family Team (CFT), including the youth and family. The CANS must be discussed, used and shared within the CFT process to support case planning and care coordination. 

The CANS was developed from a communication perspective in order to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans. Use of the CANS by county child welfare, juvenile probation and behavioral health departments helps to identify a range of needs and strengths of the child and caregivers; support care coordination and collaborative decision-making; and monitor outcomes of individuals, providers, and systems.

How to Enroll

To enroll, select the title of the course you are interested in, review the course details, then click the "Enroll Now" button. You’ll be redirected to the California Child Welfare Training System (CACWT), where you will be required to log in to your account and follow the prompts to complete your registration. If you do not have a CACWT account, please contact your county training coordinator to request a profile be created for you.

Questions? If you need help enrolling or have any questions, contact us at (530) 757-8725 or