Mayola Miranda, DPA, LCSW, MSW Expert Witness

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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Social Work and Child Abuse

Specialty Focus:

Child protective services, public child welfare, foster care, child abuse & neglect, nonminor dependents, child removals, child dependency, CPS standards of care, CPS policies & practices, CPS civil rights, CPS investigations, child abuse reporting, reasonable services, family reunification


Doctor of Public Administration, University of La Verne; Master of Social Work, California State University San Bernardino; Bachelor of Arts Behavioral & Social Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona; Associate of Arts Behavioral & Social Sciences, Citrus College

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Additional Information

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: CPS policies, practices, and procedures Child abuse and neglect Foster care, out of home care, congregate care Case Plans: Reunification, family maintenance and transitional living plans Standard of care § 1983 Civil rights, Monell Liability AB12/Non-Minor dependents Resource family approval Structured Decision-Making (SDM) Emergency Removals, exigent circumstances and warrants 300 Welfare and Institutions Code (CA) Child abuse intake & investigations Child abuse hotline .26 hearings/termination of parental rights Reasonable Services Child/parent, child/sibling visitation Permanent Placements, Long-term Foster Care Juvenile Court & child dependency Relative/NREFM placements, emergency placements Emancipated youth, Independent Living Services, aftercare services Special Juvenile Immigrant Status (SJIS), undocumented child minors Dual Status Minors (probation wards/juvenile dependents) Youth Permanency, Family Connections Team-Decision Making, Family Group Conferences, Child & Family Team Meetings Child Welfare Services Case Management Systems (CWS/CMS) Mental Health Trauma-Informed Care