Source: (2009) Family Court Review. 47(1):81-85.

The Child Protection Mediation Program in Cook County, Illinois is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of the court, its stakeholders, and the attorneys involved in child protection cases. Child protection mediation empowers families and includes parents in many decisions impacting their children. It also helps judges to move children’s cases through the legal system more rapidly and in a more efficient and humane manner. This results in children achieving more timely permanency. The program is sustained in part due to frequent outreach to, and input from, the program’s consumers. These help to ensure that the program is meeting the diverse needs of the court, the families, and the professionals involved in the cases. (Author's Abstract)

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