Turner Consultant Services, LLC

Turner Consultant Services, LLC

Timothy Turner

P.O. Box 1120 Ukiah, CA 95482

About the Expert

For the past 8 years, I have provided consultant and expert witness services to attorneys and individuals involved in litigation against a child welfare organization. I review and analyze CPS case records and write detailed reports on my findings. These reports frequently leads to depositions and trials. My list of cases so far includes lawsuits in Arizona, California, Nevada, New York and Washington. There are 26 to date. A list is available upon request.

Areas of Expertise

  • Abuse / Child Elder Spousal
  • Social Services

Expert's Profile

P.O. Box 1120 • Ukiah, CA 95482 • (760) 524-8187 • timturn9@aol.com

Timothy Scott Turner

QUALIFICATIONS:

My educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work; as well as, over 200 hours of specialized training in all aspects of child protective services. I worked for 20 years as a social worker and social worker supervisor for at risk families. My abilities include advanced assessment skills and the practice of solutions-based efforts in addition to strong leadership skills.

As my consultant business has expanded I have stopped working for Child Protective Services in California. For the past 8 years, I have served as a legal consultant and expert witness in legal matters related to proper CPS procedures.

EXPERIENCE IN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES:

2015 – 2018: Mendocino County Health and Human Services Department, Ukiah, CA. ER Investigations Supervisor/ Social Worker V.

Responsibilities: As a supervisor, I was responsible for the supervision of 6 experienced CPS investigators in the field as well as the training of new employees assigned to my unit. This is a fast-paced environment that requires the ability to think outside the box in order to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable citizens among us.

As a social worker, I was responsible for training and supervision of new workers in the field while carrying an average of 25-30 new investigations per month. This included the exigent removals of children and their initial placements and court appearances.

Accomplishments: I have received certification as an expert witness in risk assessment in the Mendocino County Courts. I completed all of the required supervisor’s CORE training and attended supplimental trainings by the agency.

2012 - 2014: Mendocino County Health and Human Services Department, Ukiah, CA. Social Worker III.

Responsibilities: This was my first assignment with Mendocino County. I was assigned to an emergency response CPS unit with an average of 25-30 new investigations per month. I was responsible for the preparation of detailed case plans and court reports, and, the maintenance of multiple case records using the CMS/CWS computer system.

Accomplishments: I was successful in closing 35 separate child abuse/neglect referrals during the month of February 2014. The statewide average of referrals closed, per social worker, in California, is 15.

2009 – 2011: San Bernardino County Department of Children and Families, Victorville, CA. Social Services Practitioner.

Responsibilities: My duties included the investigation of allegations of child abuse and neglect to a diverse ethnic population. My duties included working with families on a limited, "intake" basis; as well as, families within the Court system for months. Each type of case required different skills.

Accomplishments: I completed over 500 separate investigations and prepared at least 30 detailed Jurisdictional/Dispositional Court reports. I testified in Family and Criminal Court hearings several times. I became adept at writing and monitoring case plans. I maintained computerized records using the CMS/CWS computer system.

2007 – 2008: Clark County Children and Families Division, Las Vegas, NV. Specialized Investigations, Sex Abuse Investigator.

Responsibilities: My duties included the exclusive investigations and court actions required for sexual abuse victims and their families. This included the production of recorded forensic interviews, of child victims, to be used as evidence in court. I consulted with law enforcement and district attorneys to prepare for both criminal and civil hearings.

Accomplishments: I worked frequently with children of all ages who have been victims of the most horrible abuse and neglect imaginable. I have been successful at developing rapport with the children, I have worked to provide services for them to recover and thrive in the future.

2004 - 2006: Arizona Department of Economic Security, CPS Division, Prescott Valley & Kingman, AZ. Investigative Specialist III.

Responsibilities: I was assigned to an average of 30 new reports of child abuse and neglect per month; the placement of children into foster care arrangements; the preparation of court documents and testimony over 30 times; computerized case records using the CHILDS windows-based program. Approximately 500 assessments into all types of maltreatment were completed. My job included family-based services and case planning on an individual basis.

Accomplishments: I received a promotion and raise in less than one year for exceeding in my performance review. I was assigned to several high-profile investigations at the request of District office. I volunteered to testify in front of the Arizona Legislature on impending changes to the agency.

2002 - 2004: New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Dept. CPS Division, Farmington, NM. CPS Senior Investigator.

Responsibilities: I was responsible for the training and supervision of new case managers in the field; the investigation of reports of child abuse and neglect in a multi-county collection of small cities. These duties were completed hundreds of times. Court testimony was also required on several occasions.

Accomplishments: this CPS position was unique because the office was located near the Navajo Reservation, the largest Native American tribe in America. After receiving specialized ICWA training, I was successful at working with the tribe on numerous cases.

1988 – 1990 & 1993-1996: Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, San Angelo (1988-90) & Austin, TX (1993-96). CPS Specialist II and III.

Responsibilities: From early, 1988 until late 1989, my assignment was to conduct child abuse and neglect investigations in San Angelo, TX. Assessments of safety and risk to children were conducted and appropriate placement actions taken when necessary.
From early 1993, until late 1995, I was a caseworker in Burnet, TX with the same responsibilities. During 1995-1996, my final year with the agency, I transferred to the statewide child abuse hotline where I served as a screener for reports and transported these reports to the field and to emergency response teams.

Accomplishments: During this employment, I conducted hundreds of assessments as an intake caseworker. My reputation developed as a worker that wanted to be case sensitive and not cookie cutter in structure.

EXPERIENCE AS A CHILD WELFARE CONSULTANT:

After serving as a professional consultant/Expert Witness in the field of child welfare for the past 7 years, I have been involved in 24 lawsuits since 2011. I've completed assignments, written reports and provided deposition testimony for cases filed in Federal Court, Arizona State Court, Nevada State Court, New York State Court, Washington State Court as well as, California cases in Contra Costa, Placer, Sonoma and Santa Clara Counties.

I've provided services to attorneys involved in litigation in Washington and New York as well as Nevada. To date, all of these cases were either settled or are pending so testimony in court has not been required thus far even though I have been prepared to testify each time I was requested. I can be accessed as a child welfare consultant on the website, turnerconsultantservices.com, or by accessing my “Linked In” page. A list of cases I’ve participated in will be provided upon request.

Personal Achievements

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology & Social Work, Sam Houston State University, 1985

Honors

  • I have received certification as an expert witness in risk assessment in the Mendocino County Courts. I completed all of the required supervisor’s CORE training and attended supplimental trainings by the agency.

Prior assignments

  • Timothy Turner’s Prior Work as a CPS Consultant/Expert Witness:
  • 1). Morris v. AZ, No. CV2011-001887, Tucker & Miller, Attys at Law, 1440 E Missouri Avenue, Suite C150, Phoenix, AZ 85014, Phone: 602-714-9864, Kevin Tucker, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2011-2012). This was a suit concerning a teenage boy who died from a methadone overdose while he was placed in foster care by CPS.
  • 2). Lopez v. AZ, Never Filed, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., 2575 E. Camelback Rd. Ste 1100, Phoenix, AZ 85016, (602) 530-8000, Lincoln Combs, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2012). This was a proposed suit regarding two young children, born in America to undocumented parents, who were given to relatives in Mexico, by CPS, where they were sexually abused.
  • 3). Van Horn v. AZ, CV2013-005449, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham L.L.P., 2800 N. Central Avenue, Ste. 1800, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1049, Phone: 602-234-7800, Jorge Franco, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2013-2014). This was a suit regarding the failure of CPS to protect two teen girls from neglect which led to sexual abuse of one child by the stepfather.
  • 4). Raggio v. AZ, CV2013-015102, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham L.L.P., 2800 N. Central Avenue, Ste 1800, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1049, Phone: 602-234-7800, Jorge Franco, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2014-2015). This was a suit regarding the failure of CPS to protect a female toddler from physical abuse which led to severe injuries to the child.
  • 5). Laster v. AZ, JD-16089-S, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., 2575 E. Camelback Rd. Ste 1100, Phoenix, AZ 85016, (602) 530-8000, Raymond Norris, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2016 – present). This is a current suit regarding the failure of CPS to protect a female toddler which led to her suffering serious head injuries that are permanent.
  • 6). Birair v. Kolycheck, CV-15-01807-PHX-DJH, Gillette Phelps, PLC, 3850 E. Baseline Rd, Ste 125, Mesa, AZ, 85206, Phone: 480-467-7000, Dennis Blackhurst, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2016-present). This is a current suit regarding a CPS detention without a warrant that kept the children from their parents for over one year.
  • 7). Leon v. Rosas, Case No. 16-CP-023139, Christopher Dull, Esq., 1999 S. Bascom Ave., Ste 700, Campbell, CA 95008-2205, Phone: 408-879-2625, Christopher Dull, Attorney for Plaintiff, (2017). This was a custody case in Family Law Court and I was hired by the father to review his documents and give advice.
  • 8). Dyer v. AZ, CV2016-005118, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.C. 2800 North Central Ave., Ste 840, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-266-5557, Jeffrey Imig, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2016-17). This is a current suit involving two young children who were placed by CPS with relatives and one of the adults physically abused the children.
  • 9). Aksu v. Contra Costa County, CV-12-4268, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, 2121 N. California Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-7333, Phone: 925-947-1147, Tanya Leydiker, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2017). This was a case regarding custody for a father who was denied because of a DWI where the CPS worker was accused of setting him up.
  • 10). Acosta v. AZ, C20145162, Watters & Watters P.L.L.C., 4729 E. Sunrise Dr, Ste 458, Tucson, AZ 85718, Phone: 520-323-5910, Andrea Watters, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2017). This is a current suit regarding a CPS placement of a teen boy into a group home where he was attacked and lost his eye when attacked by another resident.
  • 11). Akey v. Placer County, Case No. 2:14-CV-2402, Patrick Dwyer, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 1705, Penn Valley, CA 95946, Phone: 530-432-5407, Patrick Dwyer, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2017). This is a current suit for summary judgement involving a detention without a warrant and without exigency.
  • 12). Fakoya v. Clark County, Case No. Unavailable, Angulo &Stoberski, Attorneys at Law, 9950 W. Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89129, Phone: 702-384-4012, ext. 260, Peter Angulo, Attorney for the Plaintiffs, (2016-17). This was a suit that settled that involved a father who was denied custody due to allegations of physical abuse that were proven false.
  • 12). Fakoya v. Clark County, Case No. Unavailable, Angulo &Stoberski, Attorneys at Law, 9950 W. Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89129, Phone: 702-384-4012, ext. 260, Peter Angulo, Attorney for the Plaintiffs, (2016-17). This was a suit that settled that involved a father who was denied custody due to allegations of physical abuse that were proven false.
  • 12). Fakoya v. Clark County, Case No. Unavailable, Angulo &Stoberski, Attorneys at Law, 9950 W. Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89129, Phone: 702-384-4012, ext. 260, Peter Angulo, Attorney for the Plaintiffs, (2016-17). This was a suit that settled that involved a father who was denied custody due to allegations of physical abuse that were proven false.
  • 13). Heideman v. State of Washington, Case No. 10-2-02649-2, Van Siclan, Stocks & Firkins, P.L.C., 721 45th Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002-1381, Phone: 253-859-8899, Jeffrey Caffee, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2017). This is a current suit stemming from multiple CPS investigations that failed to find obvious red flags that caused the children to be abused by their father.
  • 14). Schlindler v. Contra Costa County, DSS No. 0643956, Ani Law Firm, 4040 Civic Center Dr, Ste 200, San Rafael, CA 94903-4187, Phone: 415-259-6626, Jennifer Ani, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2017). This is a current Juvenile Court suit between parents fighting each other for custody of their daughter. I am working for the mother.
  • 15). Evans v. Evans, DSS No. 0643883, Ani Law Firm, 4040 Civic Center Dr, Ste 200, San Rafael, CA 94903-4187, Phone: 415-259-6626, Jennifer Ani, Attorney for Father, (2017). This was a custody case in which a father was trying to regain custody of his children following a CPS investigation in which he was cleared of abuse or neglect.
  • 16). Dixon v. Mendocino County, Case No. 17-17636-01, Ani Law Firm, 4040 Civic Center Dr, Ste 200, San Rafael, CA 94903-4187, Phone: 415-259-6626, Jennifer Ani, Attorney for Plaintiffs, (2017). This was a lawsuit against the county CPS department regarding an unlawful detention of a child by the agency following the death of the mother.
  • 17). Arizona v. Ashish, Case No. CR-2014-02223-001, DeSaye PLLC, 8618 N. Cardinal Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85028, Phone: 602-373-2071, Rennee DeSaye, Atty., for Defendant, (2018). This is a current suit in which CPS placed children with relatives in error depriving the defendant parent due process.
  • 18). Magana v. Anderson, Case No. 16FL04616, Law Offices of Robert Pacuinas, 2100 Northrop Ave., Ste. 800, Sacramento, CA 95825, Phone: 916-921-1859, Robert Pacuinas, Attorney for Defendant, (2017). This is a current lawsuit involving custody issues following a flawed CPS investigation.
  • 19). Pynn v. Pynn, Ind. #150065, Supreme Court, State of New York, Law Offices of Anna Marie Richmond, 2500 Rand Bldg., 14 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203-1925, Phone: 716-854-1100, Anna Richmond, Atty for Plaintiff, (2018). This is a case that has been open for five years in which a flawed CPS investigation led to further abuse of the children involved and a five year custody case.
  • 20). Erie County DSS v. Susan B., Appellate No. CAF 16-01277, Charles J. Greenberg, Attys, 3840 E. Robinson Rd., Ste. 318, Amherst, NY 14228-2001, Phone: 716-389-3553, Charles Greenberg, Atty for Appellant, (2018). This is a federal case on appeal regarding the violation of due process of the mother following a flawed CPS investigation.
  • 21). DeLaere v. Kushnir, Case No. Unknown, Publicly Correct Firm, 2355 Westwood Blvd. Suite 617, Los Angeles, CA 90064, Phone: 213-787-7144, Caroline Phenix, Atty for Respondent, (2018). This is a custody case in which the mother took the children out of state with a false CPS complaint. I am working for the father.
  • 22). People v. Graves, Case No. FV11203032, Tarman & Shamuilian, Attys., 9333 Baseline Rd, Suite 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, Phone: 909-658-7341, Bobby Shamuilian, Atty, (2018). This is a criminal case that involved CPS leaving a child in the care of a sex offender who abused her.
  • 23). Aufenburg v. St. Rose Hospital, Case No. Unknown, Lewis Brisbois, Attys, 6385 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite 600, Las Vegas, NV 89118, Phone: 702-693-4355, Branden Jung, Atty, (2018). This is a case involving a pregnant mom who had a history of being abused as a child while in CPS custody.
  • 24). Ratliff v. Arizona, CHILDS Case No. 185432, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, Attys, 2800 N. Central Ave, Ste. 1800, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-234-7800, Jorge Franco, Atty, (2018). This is a case in which the CPS investigation was closed prematurely which resulted in further abuse to the child.
  • 25). Mueller v. San Bernardino County, Case No. 5:18-cv-00151-DSF-SP, Rossman Law Group PLLC, Attys, 350 N. 9th St, Ste. 500, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-331-2030, Eric Rossman, Atty, (2019). This is a case where CPS allegedly failed to provide adequate information to foster parents prior to the adoption of a violent child. ** 26). Bentley v. DCS & City of Mesa, Case No. 2:17-cv-00966-PHX-DJH, Schern Richardson Finter, 1640 S. Stapley Dr., Ste. 132, Mesa, AZ 85204, Phone: 480-632-1929, Yusra Bokhari, Atty, (2019). This is a case in which CPS removed children without exigency. ** **Note: Currently open cases.

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