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Children's Functional Assessment Rating Scale - CFARS

The Children's Functional Assessment Rating Scale - CFARS (John C. Ward, Jr., Ph.D. & Michael G. Dow, Ph.D., 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998) is a way of documenting and standardizing impressions from clinical evaluations or mental status exams that assess cognitive, social and role functioning.

  • Download the May 2006 CFARS Manual

  • Go to CFARS Training and Certification Site
    (note: As of April 5, 2010, after being developed, hosted and monitored for over ten years on a secure server at FMHI/USF in Tampa, the physical location and future technical operations of the "FARS and CFARS Web-based Training and Certification System" was transferred to a secure web server in the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Offices in Tallahassee, Florida.)

Information about the Functional Assessment Rating Scale for adult clients is here.

If you are experiencing any difficulty with the training website, please contact the DCF Customer Assistance Center HELP DESK at 850-487-9400.

For other information about the CFARS scale, unrelated to the FARS training website, please contact:

John C. Ward, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor   Adjunct Associate Professor
Dep't of Mental Health, Law and Policy Dep't of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute College of Public Health