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Family Trust Clinic
The Family Trust Clinic provides a wide range of clinical services to maltreated children and their families, and clinical consultation services to the agencies and professionals that serve them. The Family Trust Clinic specializes in difficult child welfare case assessment and consultation. With its experienced and interdisciplinary staff, help is available for the most difficult and controversial cases.

For information about the Family Trust Clinic, contact: Ron Hughes,or call 614/252-0725
Assessments on Difficult Cases
The dynamics of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and child neglect are varied and complex. Case decisions often have a profound and formative impact on both child safety and family integrity. In the most difficult case situations, it can be helpful to have additional informed and objective consultation.

The Family Trust Clinic conducts a comprehensive range of psychological, social work, developmental, and psychiatric assessments, including the fundamental child welfare risk and family assessments, and provides treatment recommendations to promote child protection and permanence.

Family Trust Clinic staff have the prerequisite education and experience to help you make critical child welfare case decisions with confidence.

Individual and Family Counseling
Sometimes individual or family counseling can be the key to maintaining family integrity or reunification. At other times, counseling serves the best interests of children and parents by supporting separation and placement. The Family Trust Clinic provides a full range of child welfare, social work, and psychological services for children served by the child welfare system, and their biological, foster, and adoptive families.
Forensic Consultation and Case Review
State child welfare systems, local agencies, and individuals are increasingly becoming the target of lawsuits, both legitimate and frivolous. Many factors can increase agency vulnerability, including confusing or inadequate legislation, rules, and policies; inadequate training and lack of staff skill; and ineffective supervision. It is also true that lawsuits can be unfounded and opportunistic.

Family Trust Clinic staff can help agencies assess their potential liability; measure agency performance against standards of best practice; counsel legal staff in assessing liability and identifying legal strategies; provide expert witness defense in court; provide counsel in settlements, where appropriate; and, help develop remedial performance improvement plans.

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