Become A CK FAP Writer
We are glad to hear that you are interested in learning more about how to become a writer for our Family Assessment Program. Our need for new writers varies throughout the year so please be sure to check our Careers, Contracting, and Internship Opportunities Page to see when and where are current needs exist. We’ve listed several of the questions we get the most, with the answers, down below to help inform you about writing for CK’s Family Assessment Program.
Please email a cover letter and a copy of your current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be sent for approval. If approved, you will receive an email from us with the application paperwork.
We never know where the assessments are going to be. When we receive assessments, we assign them out per the location of the assessment. We try to assign them to a writer that either A) lives within 50 miles of the assessment home or B) has stated that they will work in that area. However, you may receive a call for an area outside of your specified range from time to time, it just depends on how busy we are. We do not reimburse mileage.
You may turn down an assessment if you know you will not have the time to do it when we call and give you the due date. However, if you start to turn down multiple in a row, we will talk to you about going on hold or terming your contract if you feel that you no longer have the time to complete assessments.
Please see your subcontractor agreement for information regarding payment. Writers will be paid the 20th of the month following the submission of a completed/approved assessment. For example, if you turn in a draft to your supervisor on the 15th of September and the final draft is submitted to CPS on the 17th of September, a check will be mailed to you the 20th of October. If you turn in a draft to your supervisor on the 30th of September and the final draft is submitted to CPS on the 2nd of October, then a check will be mailed to you on the 20th of November. At this time, direct deposit is not available for our subcontractors.
After successfully completing your first assessment, you and your supervisor will work to develop a plan for the appropriate number of assessments that may be assigned to you at one time. The most skilled and experienced writers usually max at 2-3 assessments to be submitted within one week. To request more work, contact your assigned supervisor.
A Kinship assessment will take anywhere from two to five hours, depending on the size of the family, the interviews needed and the history involved. Please advise the family that the assessment will take several hours and plan accordingly.
Writing up the assessment will take several hours, depending on the amount of information attained, ease and/or difficulty in completing reference calls and your writing/typing skills.
Many of our contract writers have full or part-time jobs and make appointments around their schedules. You can schedule in the evenings and on the weekends if it is convenient for the family, but make sure you start at an appropriate time so that you are able to conduct the full assessment (i.e. do not make plans to go to the home at 8:30 pm for a 2-5 hour interview). When you call the family to schedule, you will need to offer them a few times you are available. It is not possible to ONLY conduct assessments during the day or on the weekends.
Still have questions? Send them in an email to email@example.com.