Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program offers a strengths-based, inclusive and collaborative approach to resolve child protection issues or disputes. It is a voluntary program that encourages the involvement and support of the family, extended family and the community in the planning and decision-making processes for children.
Catholic Family Services offers two forms of ADR:
Family Group Conferencing (FGC)
FGC is a process that brings together the family (including the child where appropriate), the child’s extended family and community, child protection workers, and service providers to develop a plan that addresses the protection concerns identified. It is a facilitated by a family group conferencing coordinator.
A faster and more condensed model of ADR, sessions are booked with 24-72 hours of referrals. Like Family Group Conferencing all parties meet and discuss issues and develop a plan in a facilitated conversation.
Referrals for ADR programs are made directly by Children Aid Societies or Catholic Children Aid Societies.
For information or referrals contact the ADR program at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the CFS Intake office at 905-527-3823 ext. 279.