| ADR-LINK home | FAQs | rosters | referrals | forms | brochures | mediation | family group conferencing | First Nations | links | contact us |
According to the Child and Family Services Act of Ontario, Children's Aid Societies must consider Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) when appropriate for child protection cases. Specifically,
Three methods of ADR are prescribed:
This last technique is sometimes called "Aboriginal Approaches." Building on the existing capacity in each community, inspired by traditional processes of dispute resolution, First Nations ADR/ODR will evolve over time as an on-going process. A March symposium on Original Dispute Resolution is an important step in that process. Members of Aboriginal communities are also welcome to use Child Protection Mediation or Family Group Conferencing. For more information, contact ADR-LINK.
Further, according to Ontario Regulation 496/06, the alternative dispute resolution:
The Ministry of Children & Youth Services funds court-related ADR services in the child protection context. In the South West Region of Ontario, those funds flow through ADR-LINK.
What is ADR-LINK?
ADR-LINK connects Children's Aid Societies with ADR practitioners in the South West Region of Ontario. When a child protection case qualifies for ADR, the CAS contacts ADR-LINK to match the case with a qualified professional who accepts cases within that geographical area. To play this role as broker, ADR-LINK maintains a roster of qualified ADR professionals accepting cases in any part of its catchment area (Bruce County, Chatham-Kent, Elgin County, Huron-Perth, London-Middlesex, Owen Sound and the County of Grey, Oxford County, Sarnia-Lambton, and Windsor-Essex). Those professionals are all accredited or certified through either or both of these bodies:
Anyone interested in training for either of these ADR methods should consult those web sites for the next available training dates.
What are the steps in the referral process?
How can a CAS make a referral?
If you work for a children's aid society in the South West Region of Ontario, find a description of the referral process on this web site, including a form you can complete on-line and save for your records (you must have Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher).
How do I place my name on the ADR-LINK roster?
If you are on the CP roster of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and/or the George Hull Centre and are available to take cases anywhere in the South West Region of Ontario, you can ask to be on the ADR-LINK roster for Child Protection Mediation or Family Group Conferencing. Referrals are now being processed from nine children's aid societies.
© 2008-2009 Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System