Forensic Psychology is the application of specialized psychological knowledge to provide information relevant to a legal question.
•Parental Capacity Evaluations
•Legal and Court-Ordered Evaluations
•Court Ordered Assessment
•Child Endangerment Evaluations
•Violence Risk Assessments
•Sex Offender Risk Evaluations
•Independent Psychological/Psychosocial Evaluations in child custody disputes
Parental Capacity Evaluations (PCE)
The assessment of parental capacity is focused on identifying strengths and weaknesses across the following six parenting domains: Basic Care, Ensuring Safety, Emotional Warmth, Stimulation, Guidance/Boundaries, and Stability.
A child custody evaluation is, essentially, an investigation of the children’s home, home environment, family relationships, and other matters of the children’s lives. The goal is to aid the court in making its custody and visitation decision.
A bonding evaluation may be used when child protection agencies, attorneys, or courts need feedback in deciding whether to work toward a return of custody versus exploring options such as guardianship, change of placement, continued foster placement, or adoption. This is a specialized type of assessment where the goal is to determine the nature and quality of the child’s attachments to their caregiver(s).
Bonding evaluations can be used in divorce and custody cases, particularly if there are questions about the bond and relationship between a young child and a parent.