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The dispositive issue in this certified appeal is whether ex parte contact between a court Appointed expert witness and the party on whose behalf that witness testifies requires the per se exclusion of the expert witness’ testimony. We conclude that it does not and, accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the Appellate Court. – Attorney Shelby Mastriano
Joselyn Benoit, LCSW
The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) is a confidential assessment, education, brief counseling and referral service available to adoptive and guardianship families, and to professionals seeking support for their client families. The program is staffed by licensed clinical social workers with specialized training and experience working with families formed through adoption and guardianship. Using an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) model of service delivery, the program offers clients the opportunity to consult with a social worker around any concern that is placing stress on the family. Adoption is more than a way of building a family; it is a lifelong process of joys, personal growth, and challenges for all involved. Families may need support from time to time. The placement of a child with kin offers the benefit of being raised by familiar people, staying connected to siblings, and supports a sense of identity and belonging, but kinship care has logistical, financial, and unique social challenges as well. If you are a teacher, school administrator, therapist, or other professional, the AAP can support the work you do with adoptive and guardianship families.
CT: 1.25 CLE Credits | NY: 0.0 CLE Credits