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Child Protection Mediation: A 25-Year Perspective.

Edwards, Leonard
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Family Court Review. 47(1):69-80.

This article reviews the creation, development, and growth of child protection mediation (CPM) in the United
States. Starting with a few pilot projects in the 1970s, CPM has grown throughout the country. The article traces
child protection’s development through the publication of the
Resource Guidelines
and Model Courts and then
discusses what the necessary ingredients for a mediation program are. Mediation is then discussed from a
judicial perspective. Barriers to mediation are listed, followed by a discussion of special issues that arise
when developing and maintaining CPM programs. The article concludes with the observation that CPM is
now recognized as a best practice by most judges and court improvement professionals and that it continues
to grow. (Author’s abstract)


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