When a child enters the child welfare system, he or she has often experienced a number of significant stressors, some of which may include traumatic stress, attachment disruption, and significant emotional and/or behavioral disturbances, which are likely to impact his or her current functioning and worldview. Such life experiences can have a profound impact on a developing child. A comprehensive psychological evaluation occurring early on in the child welfare process can help give biological/ foster parents, case workers, therapists and educators a better understanding of the needs of their children, while offering tools tailored to meet these individualized needs. It can offer support for complex and challenging situations, and provide families with hope moving forward.