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This chapter reports on the Children's Aid Society's PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) Mediation Project established in 1981 in New York City. The project was developed as a family court alternative because of the conviction that the adversarial court system is inappropriate and ineffective in status offender cases, such as truants, runaways and youth beyond their parent's control. The mediation process is described and specific issues raised by this use of mediation is discussed. Research results found that 77% of the families had been moderately or highly successful with mediation and that the mediation approach is adaptable to many different kinds of families and family situations.