Susan J. Vanderborgh, Esq.
Principal and Founder
CHILD AND FAMILY INVESTIGATOR (CFI)
CHILD LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE (CLR)
PARENTING COORDINATOR/DECISION MAKER
Parenting time decisions are some of the most important - and sometimes some of the most difficult - decisions that you may make in your lifetime. I have never met a parent who doesn't want the best situation and the best outcome for their child.
My background with grief and crisis work helps me meet you where you are at and understand what you are going through. I also have many years working with children and will make recommendations that will help you and your children deal with the many changes that are happening in your lives.
I am a parent to two grown children and step-parent to an adolescent. I understand the different stages of children's growth and development and how to best work through each stage of life as our children mature and their needs change.
I welcome the opportunity to work with your family to move forward - without neglecting to treat you tenderly in the current phase that you are in.
PURPOSE OF A CFI
A CFI (child and family investigator) is appointed by the Court when parents cannot decide on parenting issues and need help with determining what will be best for their children. These issues most often include parenting time and decision-making, but can also include a parent's desire to relocate or other important factors that would impact the children and their relationship with each parent.
The Court appoints a CFI to investigate and make recommendations which reflect the best interests of the child(ren). The CFI acts as a neutral representative of the Court, and therefore does not side with either parent, but maintains their focus on the child(ren). The CFI must provide a written report to the Court containing these recommendations and an explanation of how they were reached.
The process used for child and family investigations includes:
Thorough questionnaires completed by both parents
Initial interview with each parent separately
Meeting with each child
Home visit to each parent's home
Consulting with extended family and friends
Consulting with teachers, doctors, dentists and other professionals
Reviewing any relevant paperwork, including past Court Orders
Criminal background check of all relevant parties
State paid cases are engaged when the Court determines that one or both parties meet the criteria for indigent status.
Susan Vanderborgh is on the CFI Roster in the following jurisdictions:
Susan Vanderborgh has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Susan became a Colorado Child and Family Investigator in 2013 as a complement to her mediation and family law practice and shifted her focus to CFI, PCDM and CLR work in 2018. Susan has also worked as a Deputy District Attorney and as a Chaplain in numerous hospitals and hospice programs.
Susan received her Juris Doctorate in 1990 from University of New Hampshire School of Law, her Master of Divinity in 2005 from Fuller Theological Seminary, and her B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College in 1987.
Susan received her Master's in Social Work degree with a clinical focus in the Spring of 2022. As part of her MSW program Susan was an intern at Denver Children's Home in the Intensive In-Home program and as a therapist/intern at Mental Health Partners working with children, adolescents and families.
Anna received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2020, and is passionate about working with children and families.
Anna received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
She previously worked as an intern with Boulder Voices for Children and Girls on the Run.
Monica is pursuing a degree in Psychology to better serve the children and families she works with. Her ultimate goal is to provide reintegration therapy.
Monica previously worked as a visitation monitor with Boulder Voices for Children, and has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
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