Source: (2004) Portland, Oregon: NPC Research. Downloaded 27 August 2004.

NPC Research, based in Portland, Oregon, has developed a strengths-based assessment tool and protocol for use in the juvenile justice system that will help youth meet the following three goals: A. Support Efforts to Repair Harm. B. Provide Specific Indicators for Pathways Toward a Healthy Identity. C. Connect Youth to Community, Family, and Peers. The YCA [Youth Competency Assessment] was not designed to replace existing risk or problem identification tools, but rather to formalize inclusion of positive elements to provide a balanced approach to assessing youth in the juvenile justice system. The assessment tool and protocol were tested at three pilot sites in Oregon. (excerpt)

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