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Child Protection Mediation: The Cook County Illinois Experience — A Judge’s Perspective.

Martin, Patricia M.
June 4, 2015

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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