Community Based Services [Adoption] Law and Legal Definition

Providing community-based services refers to having high quality services accessible to families in the least restrictive setting possible. A community-based system of care requires systems to see the home, school, and neighborhood of the family from an asset perspective. This also identifies the natural supports in these familiar surroundings as part of a strengths-based approach.

Community based services are important for the following reasons:

1. Keeping children in their homes, neighborhood schools, and local communities has a positive effect on child and family.

2. By remaining in the community, the child retains critical bonds with friends, family, and school personnel.

3. When services are community-based, the work done with the child and family is in the context of where the child lives.

4. The community can provide additional positive, informal supports to the child and family.