Responsive Centers for Psychology & Learning are dedicated to helping clients reach their personal goals, solve difficult problems and achieve a sense of mastery in their lives.
Responsive Centers for Psychology & Learning are dedicated to helping clients reach their personal goals, solve difficult problems and achieve a sense of mastery in their lives.
    
Responsive Centers
for Psychology & Learning
7501 College Boulevard, Suite 250
Overland Park, KS 66210

Office: 913-451-8550
Fax: 913-469-5266

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Custody Evaluations
In 2004 Dr. Sheryl Porter and Dr. Martin Zehr teamed up to offer a unique service to our community: Conjoint Custody Evaluations. By choosing a team approach, with both a female and male examiner, parents are assured a fair, objective, and unbiased evaluation with nothing overlooked. The fees are no different from other practitioners providing similar services, and in fact, are often lower due to greater efficiency.

In order to assure valid and reliable results, the evaluation consists of six parts:

  • An informational meeting in which the process will be reviewed. Relevant ethical and professional issues will be discussed and basic information about the family and current custody/visitation arrangements will be gathered.
  • Individual interviews with each adult and psychological testing to assess general psychological functioning and specific attitudes and behaviors relevant to parenting.
  • Interviews with and observations of the child or children, plus test administration as appropriate.
  • Observation of parent-child interactions.
  • Review of relevant records including, but not limited to, vocational, educational, medical, and psychological information.
  • Interviews with collateral resources who have pertinent knowledge of the family members.
Parental Fitness Evaluations
Our psychologist are often asked to evaluate only one parent. In that case, a custody recommendation cannot be made. Statements regarding the parent's ability to care for his/her children are the outcome. This type of evaluation focuses on parent's strengths and weaknesses with regard to caring for his/her children and the ability to meet the developmental, emotional, and social needs of the children.

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