Family Assessments, often referred to as home
studies, are written assessments made by Court Service Officers (CSOs) that
provide information to District Court Judges regarding the best interest of
children when the Judge is asked to make a decision about the children.
- To initiate a Family Assessment, it requires a Court Order. There will be a fee assessed by the judge in your case for the report.
The fee must be paid in person to the District Court Trustee by cash, money
order, or credit/debit cards only The District Court Trustee is
located at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 3000, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.
- The report will start by having an individual meeting with each parent in our
- Some reports will be limited in scope. This decision will be made by your judge
or court staff following initial interviews.
- In most cases, each parent will be interviewed in their home with the children
- Step-parents and significant others will be expected to be present at the home
- The CSO will speak with collateral contacts - personal references and
professionals who have been involved with the family.
- Professional contacts include teachers, sitters, daycare providers, doctors,
counselors, and specialists.
- Further contacts with the parents or the children will be determined by the CSO.
- All cases will be reviewed with others on the Domestic Relations staff before a
final report is written.
- A written report will be prepared that will summarize the data and will include
the CSO’s assessments and recommendations.
- This written report will be one tool that the judge will use in making decisions
about the children.
- A report will take at least 8-10 weeks after your case has been assigned to a
Our hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. For questions
and further information on Family Assessments, call 913-715-7400.