As divorce rates rise, family mediation represents an alternative way of making settlements without involving an already overburdened judicial system. This book presents a discussion of the current North American trends in the burgeoning field of family mediation by featuring both a review of the literature and a model for family mediation practice. The practice model presented here, Therapeutic Family Mediation, stresses an ecological perspective, and considers the feminist critique of the mediation process. The authors also address mediation's role in the important issues of joint custody, ethnicity, and child protection. Future directions in family mediation are examined in the final part.

Mediation in Child Protection Cases

Mediation in Child Protection Cases

Mediation in child protection cases
Allan E.Barsky


In the past, family mediation generally referred to the mediation of child custody, access, and financial matters arising from separation and divorce. In recent years, mediation has been used with families in which child abuse or neglect has occurred. This chapter will show how mediation can be adapted and applied to child protection cases (CPCs).

The child protection system is designed to safeguard children from maltreatment. Ideally, this protection is accomplished in ways that are least intrusive to families and children (Solnit, Nordhaus, & Lord, 1992) by working with families on a voluntary and consensual basis. In contrast, one of the main concerns about the child protection system are that some parents may be disempowered and ...

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