By Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (auth.), Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (eds.)
Whether assessing normal family members functioning or particular parts of clash, execs ordering, accomplishing, or reviewing baby custody reviews require sound wisdom of 3 interrelated fields: up-todate criminal concerns, mental findings, and forensic approaches. A finished consultant to baby Custody reviews covers those 3 crucial parts to stroll readers during the assessment procedure in actual fact and concisely. This detailed interdisciplinary publication emphasizes specialist ethics, children’s mental wellbeing and fitness, and transparent communique between all events as keys to resolving disputes with potency and thoroughness, and minimizing the probabilities of kids and their households getting misplaced in crimson tape.
Among the Guide’s features:
• criminal criteria for custody reviews and recommendations.
• tactics for engaging in custody reviews, with the newest info on mental checking out, interviewing little ones, and residential observations.
• directions for writing: evaluate studies, orders for reviews, parenting plans.
• felony and moral criteria for critiquing assessment reports.
• present felony and research-based info on designated concerns, together with replacement family members preparations, scientific difficulties, baby sexual abuse, estrangement, and parental abduction.
• Reference and source sections offer extra support.
The Guide’s interdisciplinary procedure should be of useful relief to forensic psychological future health pros in engaging in reviews and speaking effects, relatives and probate judges in ordering and assessing custody reviews, and kinfolk legal professionals in figuring out how one can process quite a few features of the relatives state of affairs, even if to request a custody review, and the way to continue after the custody assessment is done.
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Extra resources for A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives
Regardless of the source of the referral, the evaluator’s professional and ethical obligation is to the attorney, social service agency, and by extension to the Court (Condie, 2003). In practice, however, the evaluator’s report is often treated differently depending on the source of appointment. When appointed by the Court, the evaluator reports directly to the Court and the written MODELS AND GUIDELINES • 35 report belongs to the Court. When hired by DSS, the report is owned by DSS and is sent directly to them.
AFCC, 2003) 15. The AFCC (2003, 2006) lists areas of required expertise that essentially involve those needed to be a child custody evaluator (see Box 5 in this chapter) plus expertise in conflict resolution. 16. Although court-appointed experts are normally given quasi-judicial immunity, most court appointments of parenting coordinators are not based on statutes or clear case law. Therefore it is not yet clear whether a court-appointed PC can be sued for carrying out appropriate PC functions.
The Court wants to be certain that they are getting reliable information and are making the best possible decision. The custody evaluator is under great pressure to express an authoritative professional opinion, especially if they are testifying as an expert witness in court. Given this context, it is hard for evaluators to resist the temptation to present their findings and opinions as more researchbased and “certain” than they are. Resisting this temptation is one of the central challenges for custody evaluators.
A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives by Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (auth.), Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (eds.)