July 31, 2014
Mediation Process

How does Juvenile Dependency Mediation work?

You and the other parties will meet at the place where the mediation is held. The mediators will welcome you and ask you to introduce yourself.

Next, the mediators go over the rules, including:

  • the mediators' role
  • the mediation process, and
  • confidentiality

The mediators will ask you to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.

Each of you will get a turn to talk about the issues while the other parties listen.

Then, the mediators will ask questions and summarize the issues. This helps to make sure you each have a chance to hear the other party's position.

The mediators will ask you and the other party to suggest options on how to resolve the issues. They will ask you and the other party to talk about each option, and if there is one that is acceptable to everyone, that will become the basis for your agreement.

The mediators will write down all the ideas you agree upon and this will become your agreement.

All the parties will sign the agreement after they read it to make sure that everything is included that they agreed upon.

The mediators will then ask you to complete an evaluation form. This form lets you tell us what you think of our services.

After the mediation, we will mail you copies of any document you signed.

At the end of the mediation, one of the mediators will arrange to call you at an agreed upon time to see if you need any more help. You and the other parties can come back for another mediation, if you want to.

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