Child Protection Services

Dr. Oseroff offers a comprehensive array of child protection services to meet the needs of children, parents, case managers, Guardians ad Litem, and attorneys.

Dr. Oseroff's Child Protection Work   

Since 2003, Dr. Oseroff has conducted more than 2,000 evaluations on children and families in the dependency system in the state of Florida, and testified in more than 125 dependency, criminal, and family law cases.  She was a Child Protection Team (CPT) psychologist in the 2nd Judicial Circuit for 13 years, a psychological consultant to Judge Larry Schack's model family court team in the 19th Judicial Circuit, and a state CPT trainer for three years.  Since 2017, Dr. Oseroff has served as CPT psychologist for Brevard County.  When services for DCF were privatized many years ago, she established contracts with Big Bend Community-Based Care and Partnership for Strong Families which she maintained throughout her career in Tallahassee.  Additionally, Dr. Oseroff has been asked to conduct numerous courtesy evaluations for other CBCs across the state, the Guardian ad Litem Program, and the Parents' Bar.  Overall, she has conducted evaluations for children and families in more than 20 Florida counties.  Between 2009 and 2011, Dr. Oseroff worked with Chief Judge Jonathan Sjostrom to create Child Welfare Interdisciplinary Team (CWIT), a group of more than 80 stakeholders in the dependency system in the 2nd Judicial Circuit committed to improving collaboration between attorneys, mental health providers, community partners, and front-line professionals.  CWIT was one of many community projects to which Dr. Oseroff donated her time.  She currently serves as secretary on the executive board of the Florida Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (FLAPSAC), and she is a frequent guest lecturer on issues related to child abuse and neglect.

Schedule of Services in Child Protection

Our schedule of services in child protection cases is rather unique in that it comprises a spectrum of options.  Not only does Dr. Oseroff conduct psychological and parenting evaluations, but she has developed several other evaluative protocols to meet the needs of children with special needs, and to answer a range of psycho-legal questions in complex child protection cases.  All of these evaluations are forensic in nature and are designed to meet the needs of the court.  Our Schedule of Services includes the following evaluations:

  • Psychological Evaluation (PE), Adult/Child/Pre-Adoption:

    This evaluation includes clinical history and basic personality/social-emotional testing needed on an adult/child/adolescent who is suspected of having a mental health problem. Recommendations for treatment are provided. For pre-adoptive evaluations, the focus is on the readiness of the child for adoption and their potential need for an adoption subsidy.

  • PE with IQ & Achievement, Adult/Child:    

    This assessment service includes a psychological evaluation (as described above), and a full battery of intellectual and academic testing needed on persons suspected of having mental health problems and cognitive or learning delays. Recommendations for treatment are provided.

  • Parenting Evaluation:    

    A parenting evaluation is designed to evaluate the strengths and limitations of a caregiver and his/her ability to safely parent. Typically included within this assessment is a psychological evaluation (as described above), parent-child observations, and/or child interviews. Recommendations for treatment of the parent are provided.

  • Psycho-Sexual Evaluation, 18 years and younger only:    

    The purpose of this evaluation is to assess a child or adolescent suspected of having been sexually abused, evaluate a youth's sexual acting out behavior, and/or help determine the psychological impact of sexual abuse. Recommendations for treatment are provided.

  • Psycho-Educational/Neuro-Psychological Evaluation: 

    This assessment helps determine if a child or adolescent needs accommodations in the classroom and/or meets the criteria for a specific learning disorder. Full battery intellectual and academic testing is included along with other focused testing to determine the types of accommodations needed (e.g., ADHD, test anxiety, dyslexia, and other learning disorders, etc.). Detailed educational recommendations are provided.

  • Autism Evaluation:    

    Children and adolescents suspected of autism spectrum disorder can be assessed using an autism evaluation protocol. The assessment process typically includes a measure of intelligence, an academic screener, and social emotional tests of social communication and restrictive/repetitive behaviors needed for the diagnosis. Recommendations for intervention are also provided.

  • Attachment/Bonding Assessment: 

    Typically: Two siblings (Sibling Bonding Assessment) -OR-

    One parent & one child (Parent-Child Bonding Assessment)

    The purpose of this evaluation is to analyze and report on the strength of attachment relationships of interest currently operating in a child’s life (e.g., parent-child; siblings, foster parent-child, etc.). Basic psychological data is collected regarding specific issues of concern. Recommendations for treatment are provided along with insights on the relationship's impact on issues of concern before the court. If more than two individuals are assessed (e.g., family with multiple children), an additional fee may be required.

  • Long-Term Parenting Capacity/Bonding Evaluation:   

    This evaluation is helpful when the permanency goal (e.g., Reunification/ Termination of Parental Rights) is being considered and comprehensive information is needed about a person’s ability to parent. This process typically includes a psychological evaluation of the parent, a parent-child(ren) observation (and/or child/adolescent interviews), collateral contacts, and a thorough case history review. Recommendations for intervention and insights on the probability of long-term parenting success are provided. This evaluation is also requested in extremely complex cases, such as when high-conflict co-parenting issues and dependency intersect.

  • Forensic Case Study (with or without a PE):    

    This comprehensive study is typically requested in very complex cases when a significant amount of psychological data and case history need to be reviewed, analyzed, and explained for court. This procedure can be conducted with or without a psychological evaluation. However, there may be significant limitations on the conclusions that can be drawn if the family member/ members of interest are not directly evaluated. This can be explained in greater detail in a follow-up phone call to our office.