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Dr. Gilbert W. Kliman
2105 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA 94115
USA
phone: 415-292-7119
fax: 415-749-2802
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Children's Psychological Health Center, Inc. - Our mission is to bring the highest quality of child, adolescent and adult psychiatric expertise to difficult civil litigation issues concerning children.

Practice Specialties - Nationwide forensic child psychiatry, evaluation and testimony in over 225 civil cases involving claims of institutional neglect, psychological trauma, loss of parental services, abuse, often with multiple victims.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry Evaluations, Reports and Testimony Concerning Psychological Issues such as Trauma
  • Institutional Negligence (schools, academies and residential treatment centers - particularly concerning allegations of abuse
  • Wrongful Death: Loss of Parental Services
  • Allegations of Child Abuse - whether individual or multiple children, family or institutional, we conduct objective evaluations or such complaints and assess the damages stemming from complaints we find confirmed by forensic studies
  • Mental Health in Disasters (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, firestorms, tsunamis and wars
  • Children in Foster Care
Gilbert W. Kliman, M.D. - Harvard Medical School

Licensure and Board Certification
  • Fellow and Diplomat of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Distinguished Life Fellow
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Certified in Psychoanalysis for Adults, Children and Adolescents by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute
Dr. Kliman won the International Literary Prize for Best Book concerning the Well Being and Nurture of Children, "Responsible Parenthood" and is the recipient of grants from over 50 private foundations and The National Institute of Mental Health.

His research interests include the Psychological Trauma and Treatment of Severely Disturbed Children and their families, in-classroom psychotherapy.
4/17/2013 · Psychiatry
Preventive psychiatry is a branch of preventive or public health medicine. It aims to promote good mental health in individuals and to prevent the occurrence or reduce the incidence of psychiatric disease in a population.

3/8/2012 · Psychiatry
Here you will meet several children helped by Cornerstone who suffered from tragic losses and tragic circumstances. This chapter is essentially practical in its orientation to technique, describing several forms of treatment of bereaved children, with a minimum of theoretical essay. Probably the best definition of "mourning" for our current purposes is, "the totality of reaction to the loss of a loved object."

11/19/2011 · Psychiatry
Monroe was the kind of child from whom usually little is expected therapeutically. A member of a disadvantaged ethnic minority, he lived in the poverty of a big-city slum ghetto...

9/27/2011 · Psychiatry
The legal system and juries customarily weigh evidence more regularly than the psychoanalytic profession.

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CPS Consultant
Timothy Turner
Private Child Welfare Consultant / CPS Specialist
660 Tahoe Court
Ukiah CA 95482
USA
phone: 760-524-8187
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Timothy Turner has been employed in the field of Child Welfare for over 20 years. He has worked in virtually every aspect of this profession even though his focus has always been on investigations.

Mr. Turner began his career as a CPS Social Worker in Texas in 1988. His last assignment prior to his retirement from the field earlier this year was as the Emergency Response Supervisor for investigations in Mendocino County, CA. During his career, he has personally conducted over 10,000 investigations regarding reports of Abuse and Neglect to vulnerable children.

Litigation Support - Mr. Turner specializes in the Analysis of Child Protective Services Investigations. His expertise may be crucial in cases in which litigation, either against the government, or on its behalf, is being considered. In addition, he has experience consulting in custody cases in which CPS has been involved (child welfare agency has violated a family’s rights, taken their children without imminent risk or court oversight, became involved in a family law matter that affected someone’s custody), or if a current CPS case is proceeding through court.

Mr. Turner has experience with the California Welfare And Institutions Code, the Arizona Administration Code, the Nevada Revised Statutes, and can perform internet research for child welfare laws in any state.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Child Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Custody Evaluation
  • Safety and Risk Assessments
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Criminology Investigations
  • Social Services
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    Forensic Psychology
    2430 Estancia Blvd. Ste 203
    Clearwater Florida (FL) 33761
    USA
    phone: 727-786-0600
    fax: 727-786-0677
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    Dr. Robert Evans, PhD, is a Licensed School Psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the behavioral sciences, including completing over 100 Child Custody Evaluations.

    Dr. Evans serves as a consultant to the medical, legal, and law enforcement community in Florida on Psychological and Educational matters. He consulted with Orange County Public Defender with cases involving arrest and incarceration of children, including Competency Assessments and Insanity Determinations. He has also provided Critical Incident Stress Debriefings to victims of crime in the Central Florida area.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Evans specializes in Parental Alienation cases which are commonly among those classified as High Conflict Divorce cases and he has written a book on Parental Alienation. He provides litigation support to counsel for both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include support with hearing / trial preparations, review of current evaluations, and support during and after the litigation process.

    Dr. Evans has given sworn testimony as a Forensic Psychology expert witness in NY, IL, PA, GA, FL ID, CO, OH, TX, TN, LA, MA, MD, SC, and OR.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Parental Alienation
    • Child Custody Evaluations
    • False Allegations of Abuse
    • Treatment Considerations for Alienated Children
    • Workplace Violence
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    Sherryll Kraizer, Ph.D.
    460 S. Marion Parkway
    Ste. 906
    Denver CO 80209
    USA
    phone: 303-809-9001
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    Sheryll Kraizer Child Safety Expert PhotoSherryll Kraizer, PhD,., is an internationally recognized expert and author in child sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, bullying, and child safety.

    Background Experience - Dr. Kraizer was on the ground floor of the child abuse prevention field in the early ‘80s, working with the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and founding the Coalition for Children. She has written many articles, books and curricula that address recognition, prevention and reporting of child abuse (including sexual, physical, emotional and neglect). She also has expertise in the areas of bullying, school safety, special education, and duty to supervise in a wide variety of settings.

    Working with schools, religious organizations, community groups and treatment facilities, Dr. Kraizer has a deep and historically accurate understanding of the standard of care, policies and procedures, training, and supervision consistent with protecting children as they have evolved over time.

    Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving child abuse and bullying in youth serving organizations and institutional settings (i.e. schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities and hospitals), failure to properly train and supervise staff, failure to supervise children, child injury and death cases, abuse by teachers, clergy or staff members and child-on-child abuse. She is qualified to assess standard of care, policies, procedures, best practices and questions of negligence.

    Litigation Support - Since 1992, Dr. Kraizer has worked nationally for plaintiffs and defendants alike. Understanding the issues on both sides, she is able to review your case and advise you on the strength of the evidence, areas for further discovery, deposition and trial preparation. As a forensic expert, she can assist you in asking the right questions to make informed decisions about each case.

    Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving:
    • Child Abuse or Injury/Accidents in Institutional Settings (i.e. private and public schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities, and hospitals)
    • Abuse Over Time Involving Multiple Victims
    • Child Sexual Abuse and Assault, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse and Neglect
    • Boundary Violation
    • Standard of Care, Negligence and Best Practices
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Staff training and Supervision
    • Failure to Supervise
    • Sexual Abuse by Teachers, Clergy, Staff Members, Volunteers, and Child-On-Child Abuse
    • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
    • Bullying and Interpersonal Violence
    • Wrongful Death
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    Sherryll Kraizer, PhD
    This book offers strategies on the latest forms of bullying, like cyber-bullying via instant message and networking sites. With anecdotes throughout, it book also teaches how to successfully approach another parent or a school about bullying.
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    It's the most urgent and highly publicized issue facing America's family: how to teach our children to protect themselves in any situation. Based on the author's successful education workshop, which has been in operation since 1969 and has educated more than 50, 000 parents and children nationwide, The Safe Child Book gives parents effective and nonthreatening techniques for teaching children how to protect themselves without making them afraid.
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    Gloria Hochman
    Dir./Communications & Marketing
    1500 Walnut St.
    Suite 701
    Philadelphia PA 19102
    USA
    phone: 215-735-9988
    fax: 215-735-9410
    The National Adoption Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand adoption opportunities throughout the United States for children with special needs and those from minority cultures.

    Founded in 1972, the Center works with social workers and other adoption professionals to bring children and families together. Through its telecommunications network, (the National Adoption Exchange), adoption professionals list their available children and interested families and make "matches" between them. In this way, a child in Oregon, for example, can be matched with a family in Florida.

    There are presently 115 members on the National Adoption Exchange. They include social workers, members of parent groups, state adoption exchange staff and government officials. If you have a completed homestudy and are approved to adopt, you can register on the Exchange. An adoption coordinator will do a search to see if there are any children listed that match your interests.
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    Gary Foxcroft
    24 St Leonard’s House
    St Leonard’s Gate
    Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1NN
    GBR
    phone: 0845-313-8391
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    Gary Foxcroft has wide-ranging expertise working with Children Accused of Witchcraft. Mr. Foxcroft practices his specialty principally in Nigeria and the UK, but is available for consultation internationally. With degrees in Social, Cultural, Environmental and Developmental Studies from Derby and Lancaster Universities, he is uniquely qualified to detect the signs of Child Abuse linked to witchcraft accusations.

    Mr. Foxcroft has in-depth knowledge of the belief system itself, the factors that lead to the belief, the signs of child abuse, and UK and Nigerian policies in particular that relate to witchcraft accusations. He founded Stepping Stones Nigeria after first coming across the Child Witch Phenomenon in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 2006. Stepping Stones Nigeria has helped rescue and rehabilitate over 500 children accused of witchcraft since that time.

    Mr. Foxcroft has appeared on two UK documentaries, "Saving Africa's Witch Children" and "Return to Africa's Witch Children" both of which received critical acclaim winning BAFTA, EMMY and Amnesty International Film Awards. He continues to present papers at UNHCR and the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Foxcroft also participates in various conferences and works closely with numerous news agencies around the world to raise awareness of the issue.
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    133 Falmouth Road
    PO Box 2422
    Mashpee MA 02649
    USA
    phone: 508-566-9304
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    Beth Wechsler, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in general practice for over 40 years. She specializes in Social Work and Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her practice includes the treatment of Children, Grief and Depression, and Families with Addiction.

    Ms. Wechsler has experience in Mental Health across children's services, in outpatient psychiatric settings, hospitals, schools and clinics. Working in complex, challenging situations, she is experienced in psychotherapy, case management, advocacy, and as a guardian ad litem and expert witness.

    Ms. Wechsler has delivered presentations and seminars for the American Institute of Medical Education, National Association of Social Workers, Cape Cod Symposium on Addictions, National Conference on the Adolescent, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA School Counselors Association, and PESI.

    Litigation Support - Beth Wechsler offers expert witness services for cases involving injury to or death of children, dual role, and cases involving state or private agencies. Her expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. She has served as an expert in FL, MA, MO, and MI.

    With extensive experience in Children's Services and Child Welfare, her areas of expertise include:
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Custody
    • Special Education
  • Addictions
  • Foster Care
  • General Standard of Care
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    Diana Birch. MD
    Medical Director
    30 Crystal Palace Park Road (Head Office)
    London SE26 6UG
    GBR
    phone: 44-20-8659-9926
    fax: 44-20-8659-3309
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    Diana Birch, MD, has extensive experience acting as an Expert Assessor and Expert Witness in a variety of Family and Child Care Actions both civil and criminal. She is very experienced in working with young people and families, particularly in child neglect and protection, family disturbance, substance abuse and domestic violence.

    Dr. Birch is a leading authority on:
    • Adolescence
    • Teenage Pregnancy and Early Parenting
    • Assessments - Day, Age, Emotional, Outpatient, and Community assessments
    • Psychopathic Personalities
    • Borderline Personalities
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse
    • Factitious Illness (Munchausen)
    • Family Conflicts such as Child Alienation
    For twenty years, Dr. Birch ran a residential assessment unit where she evaluated high risk families, substance and alcohol abuse patients and dealt with an age range from babies to grandparents. She now conducts assessments on an outreach and community basis.

    Dr. Birch has also worked with individuals and "private" cases such as custody disputes. The assessment work and medico legal context has meant that over 50 cases are reported on each year with equivalent court appearances. This has been formally evaluated in published work.

    Dr. Birch is a:
    • Member of the Academy of Experts (Checked expert)
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (for whom she is also an assessor for Paediatric Consultants)
    • Fellow Royal Institute Public Health
    • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
    • Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (USA).
    Offices also in USA and Caribbean
    9/28/2012 · Child Welfare
    A belief is a conviction adhered to often in the face of factual evidence to the contrary. This paper inevitably represents my beliefs moulded by my experience of working with teenagers in London and tempered by my knowledge of the work of my colleagues.

    7/24/2012 · Child Welfare
    Children suffer the traumas and injustices of warfare and conflict without the ability to influence or control their circumstances. As refugees they become the flotsam of society drifting from one inhospitable country to another in search of safety. They have been with us for generations, their numbers fluctuating and their distribution changing as the adult world decides who to wage war on next.