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The Praed Foundation (pronounced prayed) was formed in 1999 as a United States Charitable Organization. The vision and mission statements provide a guide to the objectives of the Praed Foundation.


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Save the date. The 10th annual CANS Conference will be in Chicago from November 12th through 15th at the Holiday Inn. Hope to see you there.

9th Annual CANS Conference

"Skill Building"

November 3, 2013 - November 5, 2013
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
San Francisco, CA

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CANS Conference 2012 Agenda Now Available!

(download here)


Call for Papers.
The 8th Annual CANS Conference will be
held in Indianapolis, IN on
September 16th through 18th
Hope to see you there.


Call for Papers (download here)


A portion of the CANS Conference presentations are now available for download :



The CANS Conference Booklet is now available for download!

(click here)


The Praed Foundation is a public charitable foundation committed to improving the well-being of children and families.

This website provides information about three tools supported by the Foundation. The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a set of tools to support child and youth specific interventions. The Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST) is a tool to support interventions directed toward assisting families. The Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) is a tool to support interventions for people 18 and older. These three tools are designed to be compoinets of a management approach called Total Clinical Outcomes Management (TCOM). On this site, you will find copies of manuals and answers to frequently asked questions. A video clip from a training website is also provided as an overview. In addition, a powerpoint presentation of the TCOM approach is provided.


John S. Lyons has recently published a new book describing the measurement theory (communimetrics) behind the CANS, ANSA and FAST. Follow this link to read more about it:




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