Source: (2003) Families in Contemporary Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services. 24(2): 229-239.

The Iowa Mediation for Permanency project (IMPP), a non-adversarial mediation -based approach founded on the principles of attachment and empowerment, is a promising way to achieve permanency for children, a national priority in child welfare established by the Adoption and Safe Families act of 1997. The IMPP broadens the concept of permanency to include reunification and guardianship. The authors discuss its implementation, including qualifications and requirements of mediators, examine an independent evaluation of the results and present two case histories. (author's abstract)