Currently, the following services are offered individually under the Family Conflict Resolution Program. Please note that some services may not be available in certain geographical regions. Note: If you are a professional who currently offers services to the public and would like your name to be added to our list of service providers or to be a member of our national professional advisory group then please forward your request here.
Our Family Assistance and Parent Support Program encompasses a number of various individual services all intended to help families deal quickly and efficiently with conflict as a result of separation and/or divorce and/or child protection matters. The program includes an education and mediation component as the first step and in situations where mediation is not effective or is rejected by one of the parties, then community-based intervention process will be used to review the conflict and to make effective recommendations for the court which are in the best interest of children involved.
When parents separate many act on emotions and fail to understand how their actions are impacting on their child. One of the objectives of our community-based family conflict resolution program is to help improve the quality of life for parents, children and families through education. Our engaging on line cooperative parenting program sets a new standard for educating parents experiencing conflict as a result of family court or child protection matters.
A co-operative parenting program is highly recommended when couples separate or divorce as strong emotions can run high and everyone wants to ensure their children are not negatively affected. Courts can also recommend, or even direct parents to attend co-parenting classes in some situations. The courts look more favorably on parents who are serious about learning how to protect their children from parental conflict.
This co-operative parenting program is a 4 week educational program consisting of four one-hour sessions once per week. There will be course materials given to participants to study prior to the next session. The program is suitable for those parents with minimal to high conflict in their relationship. Although it is recommended that both parents attend, it is not necessary for both to attend. Upon completion of the program, attendees will get certificate of attendance.
Our cooperative parenting program prepares you for this change and provides you with necessary tools to support your children effectively and deal with your ex-spouse or partner. We have designed the program to assist separating parents in reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that negatively influence your child’s post-separation adjustment. The program will help improve the quality of parental communication in cases of joint custody, shared access and change of custody or access whether with the other parent or even with other family members like grandparents.
Objectives of Co-Parenting Program
The object of our co-operative parenting program is the following:
Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
Bonus Services Provided
Co-Parenting Program Benefits for Parents
Benefits for family court
In some very high conflict cases, the family court may order a child custody and access evaluation for the purposes of determining which parent may be the most suitable caregiver for a child. Under the Family Conflict Resolution Program a qualified custody and access evaluator gathers information through interviews with parents, partners, children, professionals, friends and family members. Observational visits between the parents and their children is often done as part of the evaluation. Psychological and personality testing may be required, but is considered on a case by case basis.
One of the most significant advantages of using an evaluator under the Family Conflict Resolution Program is that the performance of the custody and access evaluator is monitored by a team of advocates to ensure that the evaluator has done his or her work in the most fair, timely, transparent and profession manner consistent with provincial and international standards of practice. Before reports are released to any of the parties, they are carefully reviewed internally before final report is released. In addition, before the final copy of a report is released, parents and their lawyers are given the fair opportunity to review the draft report for errors and omissions.
Generally custody and access evaluations done through the program can be completed and a report ready within 30 to 60 days.
Through the program trained child advocates are available to provide advocacy services to children in need of help. In order to quality for services the child needs to be of an age and maturity to make informed choices and to be able to clearly express his/her views and wishes. Minors are taught about their rights and freedoms but also their responsibilities. In most cases interviews with a child will be video recorded to ensure accurate notes and reports. In situations where a child is at risk of harm, advocacy services can often be provided within 24 to 28 hours from first contact with program intake workers.
Some circumstance in which a child advocate my be helpful include:
The Where Do I Stand workshop is a program to help children of separated and divorced families cope with stresses involved when parents separate and/or divorce.
Currently the program is designed for children 9 years of age and older. The program has been designed to be convenient and inexpensive for all families and achieves this by being delivered to a child over the internet via video conference. Participation is on a one by one basis to one or more children from the same family unit. Group workshops may be available at some time in the future.
The purpose of the workshop is to:
Some of the topic covered in the workshop include:
During the program children will have the opportunity to ask questions about their specific circumstances affecting them.
Parents who wish their children to participate in the program must have the ability to connect to the internet and have a video camera. A cell phone with a Wi-Fi connection and a place to participate privately in the program is all that is needed. At the end of the program, the children will receive a certificate of completion of the program.
This program is most effective when parents participate in the Co-operative Parenting Program which is also available through Family Conflict Resolution Services.
Interested parties can apply by sending in their request to [email protected]
Many children, especially older children, complain that they find it too limiting and oppressive to have supervised access at an access center. Many children get bored after a few visits and some children stop wanting to attend visits. In many cases supervised access at a center is not in the best interest of the child because such visits fail to promote a healthy and normal relationship between the child and parent. Our community-based supervised parenting program removes the restrictions of a supervised access center and allows parents who are court ordered to be supervised with their children to take their children out into the community during court ordered supervised access visits rather than be limited to the confines of a supervised access center. Children and parents can go out for dinner, go to parks, hike, bike and do most activities that are considered normal for children and parents to engage in. Visits out in the community are supervised by trained community advocates.
In situations where conflict between parents exists and supervised access is not required for children, parent/family coordination services may be a helpful solution to help parents and family members reduce conflict.
Trained parent/family coordinators will assist parents to communicate more effectively and work with parents on a day to day basis to resolve various issues which may arise concerning the best interest of their children, including issues relating to child support. Services are convenient and delivered by phone or by video over the Internet.
For parents who feel that the best interest of their children may have been compromised as a result of a flawed or biased child custody assessment report by a private or court appointed assessor, our team can provide a detailed review of all information relevant to the best interest of your child and conduct a detailed forensic analysis of the assessor’s report and to assist parents to provide a line of questions for an examination of the child custody assessor under Oath in court or in a private examination.
For parents who are facing allegations that their home may be unsafe for children, our trained advocates can come to your home to conduct an independent home inspection to address any allegations that may have been made against a parent or caregiver. A written report can be prepared for use in court proceedings or to deal with concerns of local child protection agency workers.
For parents who can afford a lawyer or paralegal and who are looking for an ethical professional who supports the goals and objectives of our Family Conflict Resolution Program a list of screened lawyers and paralegals will be available.
For parents who wish to attempt mediation and who would like to have a qualified mediator who supports the goals and objectives of our Family Conflict Resolution Program, a list of certified/accredited and/or chartered mediators mediators will be available. All mediators will be screened by the program.
For persons who would like to become trained as a community child and family advocate and to be a part of the growing network of justice minded persons helping children and families, a training program is available. Some of the components of training include:
Workshops and public presentations will be held at various times to assist families involved with family court or child protection matters. Some of these workshops include:
Guest speakers available
Presenters from the Family Conflict Resolution Program are available as guest speakers for groups and organizations. If your group or organization is interested in having one of our presenters speak to your group then please contact us for more information.
Currently under development is a family conflict arbitration (alternate dispute resolution) service. For those parties who feel that the family court system is taking too long to resolve matters or who wish to bypass the family court system completely, reasonably priced arbitration (alternate dispute resolution) services will be available.
To be compliant with our mandate to promote accountability and transparency, arbitration services will be headed by a qualified arbitrator but in addition there will be a least two other members of the arbitration team from the community who will oversee the arbitration process and approve the recommendations of the arbitrator. Under the program, the arbitration services must be provided in a manner consistent with the best interest of any children involved and in a manner which would be seen by members of the public as being fair and just.