Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice

AFCC Task Force on Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation

AFCC President Leslye Hunter appointed the Task Force on Model Standards for Child Custody Evaluation in 2004. The Task Force was charged with revising AFCC’s 1994 Model Standards.  Over a two-year period the Task Force held open meetings at AFCC conferences in Nashville (2004), Seattle (2005) and Breckenridge (2005) and posted two drafts for public comment (August and December 2005). The Task Force received more than 600 comments from the public postings and the Model Standards were not without controversy. Some psychologists were concerned about the Model Standards’ specificity and the implications for potential Board complaints. The Task Force was responsive to comments from members and revised the drafting process to accommodate additional feedback. The Model Standards were adopted by a unanimous vote of the AFCC Board of Directors in May 2006.

Resources

Foreward to the Model Standards (PDF) 

AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation (PDF)

Are AFCC’s Model Standards a Help or a Hindrance? (MP3) AFCC Member Content
AFCC Seventh Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, October 2006
Mary A. Connell, EdD, ABPP, Dianna Gould-Saltman, JD, R. John Harper, LLB, David A. Martindale, PhD, Moderator: Arnold Shienvold, PhD

Task Force Members

  • William G. Austin, PhD Co-chair
  • Lorraine E. Martin MSW Co-chair
  • David A. Martindale, PhD Reporter
  • Leslie Drozd, PhD
  • Dianna Gould-Saltman, JD
  • H.D. Kirkpatrick, PhD
  • Kathryn Kuehnle, PhD
  • Debra Kulak, MS
  • Hon. Denise McColley
  • Arnold T. Shienvold, PhD
  • Jeffrey Siegel, PhD
  • Philip M. Stahl, PhD