Foster Care Expert Witnesses

Foster care expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on foster care. The foster care expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Adoption, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Child Abuse, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Social Work.

Mayola Miranda, DPA, LCSW, MSW

Orange, California
Social Work, Child Abuse - Child protective services, public child welfare, foster care, child abuse & neglect, nonminor dependents, emergency removals, child dependency, CPS standards of care, CPS policies & practices, CPS civil rights, CPS investigations, mandated reporting, reasonable services, reunification, .26 hearings
Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25+ years of diverse work experience including in the public sector, private sector, non-profit, academia, and military. A former Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker & supervisor of 15 years with insider knowledge about child welfare. Hands-on experience with hundreds of child welfare-involved families and children in all phases of a child dependency case. Supervised, trained, and taught CPS social workers, interns, and Master of Social Work students. Provides a non-bias social worker perspective to aid others in successfully navigating the complicated child welfare system while bringing transparency to the policies, procedures, and practices. CPS areas of knowledge include: Emergency Child Removals, warrants Warrantless removals, exigent circumstances, imminent risk Child Protective Services policies, practices, and procedures Child abuse and neglect Foster care, out of home care, congregate care Case Plans: Reunification, family mai...

Paula E. Rohde, MA, CPDM

Mission Viejo, California
Social Work - Social Worker Standard of Care, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Mandated Reporter, Juvenile Dependency, Placement, Warrants & Removals, Case Planning, Family Reunification, Foster Care Licensing, Group Homes, Child Abuse, Foster Homes, Shelter Care,
I have extensive experience working in public child welfare and human resources for the County of Orange, Social Services Agency. Child Welfare areas of expertise include dependency intake and investigations, out of home placement including group home, foster home, relative and shelter care placement, foster parenting recruitment, training, licensing and relative family approval. Experience has been in both a Senior Social Worker, Senior Social Services Supervisor and leadership capacity (Program Manager I & II ). I am trained in Trauma Informed Practice & Safety Organized Practice, knowledgeable of and proficient in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System.

Stuart C Silverstein, MD, FAAP

Stamford , Connecticut
Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine - General Pediatrics, Child Abuse, Newborn Care, Foster Care, Pediatric Standard of Care , Pediatrics, Pediatric Urgent Care, Sexual Abuse, Abuse and Neglect, Child Neglect, Custody Evaluation , Dependency Cade Review , Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Florida Expert Witness Certificate - MEEW72
Dr. Silverstein is an award-winning, Board-Certified pediatrician with over 30 years experience as a clinician and medical educator. His current practice includes providing pediatric emergency and urgent care in a highly populated urban setting. Dr. Silverstein has also supervised medical students, residents, and physician assistants in the pediatric emergency room. Served as a Preceptor for the Sacred Heart University Clinical APRN program and Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the New York Medical College. Dr. Silverstein is the author of several books including a Board Review Study Guide used by Pediatric Residents preparing for their specialty certification. Dr. Silverstein has experience providing medical consultation for plaintiffs, prosecutors, and defendants in civil, military and criminal cases. He is experienced in distinguishing between accidental and non – accidental injury, evaluating potential evidence of child neglect, and opining on the pedia...

Dr. Charles F. Lorbeer, PhD

Jacksonville, Florida
Mental Health, Child Abuse - Child custody, child abuse & neglect, suicide, medical management, social work malpractice, child protective services, abuse investigations, suicide, addictions counseling, substance abuse services, foster care, adoption, academic management, suicidal patients, medication management, guardianships
DR CHARLES F. LORBEER, PHD, LICSW (MA), LCSW (FL) Licensed In Massachusetts and Florida 4144 Prima Vista Circle S,, Jacksonville, FL 32217· 904.287.8400 [email protected] National Provider Identifier (NPI) 1437 634 896 OBJECTIVE- to provide expert witness services on suicide, child abuse, social work malpractice, psychotherapy, guardianships, psychiatric management, and custody related cases. CURRENT PROFESSIONAL WORK: ∙ Recent Expert Witness Engagements: Linkous Law, PLLC, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508; Ondriezek Law, Jacksonville, Florida 32207 ∙ Psychiatric hospitals: UHS Wekiva Springs, & UF Health ∙Lead Therapist & Integrated Medicine Director: Northwest Behavioral Health ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS: • Liberty University, Virginia; Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, 2018-present. • Norwich University; College of Graduate and Continuing Studies; adjunct faculty, Criminology, Human Services, Public Administration • Capella University, 2001-2016...

Dr. Charles F. Lorbeer, PhD

Massachusetts
Mental Health, Child Abuse - Child custody, child abuse & neglect, suicide, medical management, social work malpractice, child protective services, abuse investigations, suicide, addictions counseling, substance abuse services, foster care, adoption, academic management, suicidal patients, medication management, guardianships
DR CHARLES F. LORBEER, PHD, LICSW (MA), LCSW (FL) Licensed In Massachusetts and Florida 4144 Prima Vista Circle S,, Jacksonville, FL 32217· 904.287.8400 [email protected] National Provider Identifier (NPI) 1437 634 896 OBJECTIVE- to provide expert witness services on suicide, child abuse, social work malpractice, psychotherapy, guardianships, psychiatric management, and custody related cases. CURRENT PROFESSIONAL WORK: ∙ Recent Expert Witness Engagements: Linkous Law, PLLC, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508; Ondriezek Law, Jacksonville, Florida 32207 ∙ Psychiatric hospitals: UHS Wekiva Springs, & UF Health ∙Lead Therapist & Integrated Medicine Director: Northwest Behavioral Health ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS: • Liberty University, Virginia; Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, 2018-present. • Norwich University; College of Graduate and Continuing Studies; adjunct faculty, Criminology, Human Services, Public Administration • Capella University, 2001-2016...

Lisa Prock, MD, MPH Boston Children's Hospital

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Developmental Disabilities, Adoption - Adoption, Foster Care, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism, ADHD, Prenatal Toxin/Substance Exposure, Trauma, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities
Lisa Albers Prock, MD, MPH is a Board Certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and Director of the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School as well as research experience. She has received awards for teaching and has extensive history of local and national teaching and leadership roles. Positions include: Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Adoption Program, and Associate Medical Director, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children's Hospital; former Chairperson, Section on Adoption and Foster Care and current Executive Council Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); co-author, Adoption Manual of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Clinical Director, Translational Neuroscience Center, Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical practice includes extensive documentation review and frequent provision of 2nd/3rd/4th opinion. She has a history of providing consultation for both plaintiff and defense cases.

Beth Wechsler, MSW, LICSW Beth Wechsler, LICSW

Mashpee, Massachusetts
Social Work, Mental Health - standard of care, children's services, school social work, special education, foster care, child custody, psychotherapy, mental health, child abuse, mitigation, malpractice.
Social Work Expert Witness for Cases in Children's Services Nationwide: I am a social work expert witness for both plaintiff and defense (with experience in CA, IA, FL, MA, MO, NM and TN). I specialize in cases where the system has failed the child, resulting in unfortunate and sometimes disastrous outcomes. I will review your case, identify what happened, what should have happened and why it did not. Did a social worker fail to meet the standard of care and if so was (s)he negligent or was there a clinical error that can be understood in terms of the resources and systems in which it occurred? Based on 45 years of social work experience, I know that clinicians in children's services (in outpatient mental health settings, in the schools and especially in state child protection agencies) work in complex, challenging situations. Evaluating failure to meet the standard of care, and to act in accord with the values and ethics that define social work, is often straightforward, som...

Stuart C Silverstein, MD, FAAP

New York
Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine - General Pediatrics, Child Abuse, Newborn Care, Foster Care, Pediatric Standard of Care , Pediatrics, Pediatric Urgent Care, Sexual Abuse, Abuse and Neglect, Child Neglect, Custody Evaluation , Dependency Cade Review , Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Florida Expert Witness Certificate - MEEW72
Dr. Silverstein is an award-winning, Board-Certified pediatrician with over 30 years experience as a clinician and medical educator. His current practice includes providing pediatric emergency and urgent care in a highly populated urban setting. Dr. Silverstein has also supervised medical students, residents, and physician assistants in the pediatric emergency room. Served as a Preceptor for the Sacred Heart University Clinical APRN program and Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the New York Medical College. Dr. Silverstein is the author of several books including a Board Review Study Guide used by Pediatric Residents preparing for their specialty certification. Dr. Silverstein has experience providing medical consultation for plaintiffs, prosecutors, and defendants in civil, military and criminal cases. He is experienced in distinguishing between accidental and non – accidental injury, evaluating potential evidence of child neglect, and opining on the pedia...

Andrea L. Dobrin Gap Analysis LLC

Cleveland , Ohio
Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral and Social Sciences - Non-profit, Government health and human services, Intellectual disabilities, Human services, Behavioral Health services, Transitional Youth Services, Foster Care, Medicaid services, Client Rights, Severe Mental Illness services, Residential Treatment, Intermediate Care Facilities
My career has largely been devoted to non-profit health and human services organizations. Starting as a direct service worker, I advanced to Director, Chief Officer (both Administrative Services and Operations) and Vice President in five separate organizations. I have extensive experience with interpreting rules and regulations, first by overseeing all licensing and accreditation for two affiliated non-profits, and then for twelve years serving first as a Senior Consultant and then as Vice President of a firm specializing in public sector government agencies and elected officials across Ohio. While maintaining a base of over fifty public sector and non-profit clients I interpreted and advised clients on Medicaid rules as well as the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code. As both a consultant and later as Chief Administrative Officer, for 18 years I served as Chief Negotiator in labor negotiations overseeing all bargaining, all grievances and all arbitrations on behal...