Dr. Mark Ackerman provides psychological evaluations for parenting capacity child protection matters
Family Court systems and attorneys sometimes request a parental fitness psychological evaluation when emotional or physical child abuse or neglect is suspected. Child abuse is defined as any act or failure on the part of a parent which results in emotional or physical harm to the child including suspicions of child sexual abuse. Neglect may also be an element of child abuse. In some cases, parents who are in conflict with one another or are divorcing may allege that their former spouse was abusive without merit. The psychological evaluation of a parent conducted at my office is comprehensive and includes assessment to examine for risk factors such as personality pathology, anger control difficulties, alcohol or drug abuse, intellectual deficits, erratic behavior, harsh parenting patterns and other problematic psychiatric conditions. Clinical interview, observation, psychological testing, document review and collateral information will be combined to produce an evaluative report that will be submitted to the referral source including family court, attorney or child protective services agency.