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Empowering Parents in Child Protection Mediation: Challenges and Opportunities.

Firestone, Gregory
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Family Court Review. 47(1):98-115.

One of the greatest challenges that parents face in child protection mediation (CPM) is to voice their concerns
and negotiate on a relatively equal basis with the other mediation participants. This article considers how imbalances
of power, limited confidentiality protection, and the personal problems that bring parents into the child protection
process can limit a parent’s ability to exercise self-determination in mediation and offers guidance for mediators
seeking to conduct CPM in a manner that effectively empowers parents to meaningfully and collaboratively
participate in mediation. (Articles Abstract)


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