Expert Witness Biography
Abigail Rich is a Licensed Clinical Social Work expert with thirteen years of post Masters experience. Abigail has experience as both a direct care Social Worker and Supervisor. She has worked in transitional housing with homeless families, Child Welfare and currently with Veterans in an outpatient mental health clinic. Her experience involves working with both children and adults in various settings with mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses. Abigail applies her extensive experience to forensic investigations related to the safety and supervision of children in their own homes and in out-of-home care.
While working in transitional housing, Abigail has experience moving homeless families from shelters to transitional housing on to permanent housing. She has worked collaboratively with the shelter system as well as several mental health agencies and child welfare services.
As a Child Welfare Social Worker, Abigail provided case management services. She conducted home assessments, risk assessments and safety plans and placed children in foster care, kinship care, group homes and residential treatment facilities. She has worked collaboratively with several different community service agencies, medical providers, School Districts, Juvenile Courts and law enforcement.
As a Child Welfare Supervisor, she supervised and reviewed case files and provided direct supervision in the decision making of children’s safety and case planning. She also provided supervision to the direct care social workers on the Child Abuse Hotline to determine the risk and safety of children during the initial contact after a report was received.
Abigail holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Clinical Social Work License in Pennsylvania. She received trauma training at Bryn Mawr College and has been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (an evidence-based therapy for PTSD) through the Veteran’s Administration.