The issues arising out of our separation were really effecting our ability to be parents. I am so glad we were able to develop a plan that reduced the conflict and allowed us to refocus on what was really important-our children!
I felt like I had the opportunity to speak and I was listened to
We were able to work together to come up with a plan for our children
I felt like we were working with the CAS as opposed to fighting against them
Everything was taking so long in court but we were able to work out a plan quickly in child protection mediation
OAFM has the responsibility to uphold excellent standards in the provision of Child Protection Mediation by providing training, oversight of the roster, support of professional development, promotion and capacity building in accordance with the contract with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
In 2006, a series of strategies were developed in three key service delivery areas by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Child Welfare Secretariat to achieve better outcomes for children and youth involved in the child welfare system. These strategies are called the Transformation Agenda.
A strategy to reduce court delays and encourage alternatives to court. The Child and Family Services Act was amended to streamline court processes and encourage alternatives to court using alternative dispute resolution strategies (ADR). The focus is on more strengths-based, inclusive and collaborative approaches to help resolve child protection disputes and encourage greater and wider family involvement in decision making and planning for children. ADR processes are managed by trained external facilitators and mediators. Child Protection Mediation is one of the prescribed forms of ADR.
MCCSS continues to Modernize Child Welfare through the review and design process underway in 2020. Child Protection Mediation will continue to be seen as a pillar for engaging families in decision-making, ensuring impartiality and fairness in decision-making, and ensuring balance in the decision-making process.
The next Child Protection Mediation Training will be scheduled for February/March 2023 (dates to be determined). If you...
The first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm, join us for CPMed Connect for case consulation and discussion regarding issues pertinent to child pro...