Child Protection Mediation Program
- Over the past decade, participant survey data has consistently remained at the highly-satisfied rate of 85% to 95% in the categories of mediation process and mediator performance. This illustrates that the program is consistently providing a highly satisfactory service to the participants while continuing to uphold the commitment of best-practice standards for child protection mediation.
Child Protection Mediation Program 2The goals of the Child Protection Mediation Program are:
- To provide an efficient process for the resolution of disputes that yield good solutions with high parental compliance rates,
- To protect children while preserving families,
- To help parties develop early comprehensive service agreements through an in-depth exchange of case information that will enable families to work more effectively together, and
- To increase the participant's satisfaction with the process and outcomes.
The Child Protection Mediation ProcessGenerally, mediation is a one session, multi-party, two-hour event that involves the discussion of child maltreatment issues ranging from physical, psychological, and/or sexual abuse to abandonment and/or general neglect. Mediations are held five days a week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Due to the traumatic issues being discussed, children do not participate in CPM sessions.
Child protection mediation consists of four stages;
1. the introduction/agenda development,
2. defining the issues,
3. processing the issues/problem solving, and
4. resolving the issues, agreement or disagreement and closure.
Mediating in Our ProgramAs a Child Protection Mediator, you will be working with parents, guardians, attorneys, social workers, care takers, extended family members, and other interested parties to the cases. Children may feel the positive effects of your efforts at the mediation table, however you will not see children in CPM sessions. Mediators in the CPM program receive specialized training around facilitating multi-party negotiations, and receive continuing education in areas relevant to child protection. Examples include family dynamics, drug use in the local community, and emotional intelligence. If you are motivated to help the children of Washington DC through helping families build plans for future success and cooperation, child protection mediation may be for you.
More information on how to apply to mediate at Multi-Door
How to ApplyThere are two different ways to apply:
- The open enrollment process - for mediators or facilitators who are highly trained and have a wealth of mediation or related experience. An open enrollment application must be submitted, along with the child protection supplemental questionnaire for provisional consideration.
- Traditional mediator training - for persons interested in mediating who do not qualify through open enrollment.