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A Mother’s Voice Heard During Family Group Conference

A Mother’s Voice Heard During Family Group Conference

A young mother struggles with chemical dependency.  Her children, all under the age of 10, have been separated from her at the point in their young lives when they need their mother most.  And despite her efforts at improving her life, she faces the troubling possibility that her rights as a parent will be permanently ended. During the previous year, several case managers and service providers have worked with this young mother but often their efforts are disjointed.
Frequently, this mother’s voice was unheard when decisions were made concerning her children.  This is where the Concord Mediation Center’s unique and effective Family Group Conferencing process can become a beacon of hope to a young parent struggling to do what is best for her beloved children.

In Family Group Conferencing, Concord Mediation Center facilitators bring together resources and supports to help families thrive.  Family Group Conferencing builds partnerships between family members, service providers, representatives of the court and social service systems and others.  In a neutral setting guided by neutral facilitators, family members’ voices are heard and perspectives are valued. Children, in particular, benefit when all of the people in their lives work respectfully together.

The Concord Mediation Center Family Group Conferencing process is built around the core value of family.  It builds on the resiliency, shared accountability, and inner strength of family members to make the best possible decisions for their children.  Some of the demonstrated outcomes of the Family Group Conferencing process include enhanced safety and permanency for all children of families involved with court and human service systems.  Concord Mediation Center facilitators are experts at ensuring that voices are heard and effective plans for supporting each family are devised.

The young mother described above was able to participate in a Family Group Conference at the Concord Mediation Center.  The conference facilitator ensured that everyone associated with this young woman was invited and able to attend. Professionals involved in the young mother’s substance abuse treatment, representatives of the county’s Family Court, all family members, and even friends assembled to participate in the Family Group Conference.  The foster parents caring for the young mother’s children provided their input on how the children had been doing since being removed from their mother’s care.

The outcome of this one young woman’s Family Group Conference was that a plan was devised to support her recovery from substance abuse and provide a safe, permanent home for her children. And best of all, her voice was an integral part of the process.  As parents become empowered to chart their own course to a healthier, more vibrant family life for their children they feel less like victims of a system they are unable to control.

A young mother struggles with chemical dependency.  Her children, all under the age of 10, have been separated from her at the point in their young lives when they need their mother most.  And despite her efforts at improving her life, she faces the troubling possibility that her rights as a parent will be permanently ended.

During the previous year, several case managers and service providers have worked with this young mother but often their efforts are disjointed.  Frequently, this mother’s voice was unheard when decisions were made concerning her children. This is where the Concord Mediation Center’s unique and effective Family Group Conferencing process can become a beacon of hope to a young parent struggling to do what is best for her beloved children.

In Family Group Conferencing, Concord Mediation Center facilitators bring together resources and supports to help families thrive.  Family Group Conferencing builds partnerships between family members, service providers, representatives of the court and social service systems and others.  In a neutral setting guided by neutral facilitators, family members’ voices are heard and perspectives are valued. Children, in particular, benefit when all of the people in their lives work respectfully together.

The Concord Mediation Center Family Group Conferencing process is built around the core value of family.  It builds on the resiliency, shared accountability, and inner strength of family members to make the best possible decisions for their children. Some of the demonstrated outcomes of the Family Group Conferencing process include enhanced safety and permanency for all children of families involved with court and human service systems. Concord Mediation Center facilitators are experts at ensuring that voices are heard and effective plans for supporting each family are devised.

The young mother described above was able to participate in a Family Group Conference at the Concord Mediation Center.  The conference facilitator ensured that everyone associated with this young woman was invited and able to attend. Professionals involved in the young mother’s substance abuse treatment, representatives of the county’s Family Court, all family members, and even friends assembled to participate in the Family Group Conference. The foster parents caring for the young mother’s children provided their input on how the children had been doing since being removed from their mother’s care.

The outcome of this one young woman’s Family Group Conference was that a plan was devised to support her recovery from substance abuse and provide a safe, permanent home for her children.  And best of all, her voice was an integral part of the process.  As parents become empowered to chart their own course to a healthier, more vibrant family life for their children they feel less like victims of a system they are unable to control.

In Family Group Conferencing, our facilitators bring together resources and supports to help families thrive.  Family Group Conferencing builds partnerships between family members, service providers, representatives of the court and social service systems and others.  In a neutral setting guided by neutral facilitators, family members’ voices are heard and perspectives are valued. Children, in particular, benefit when all of the people in their lives work respectfully together.

The Concord Mediation Center Family Group Conferencing process is built around the core value of family.  It builds on the resiliency, shared accountability, and inner strength of family members to make the best possible decisions for their children.  Some of the demonstrated outcomes of the Family Group Conferencing process include enhanced safety and permanency for all children of families involved with court and human service systems.  facilitators are experts at ensuring that voices are heard and effective plans for supporting each family are devised.

The young mother described above was able to participate in a Family Group Conference at the Concord Mediation Center.  The conference facilitator ensured that everyone associated with this young woman was invited and able to attend. Professionals involved in the young mother’s substance abuse treatment, representatives of the county’s Family Court, all family members, and even friends assembled to participate in the Family Group Conference.  The foster parents caring for the young mother’s children provided their input on how the children had been doing since being removed from their mother’s care.

The outcome of this one young woman’s Family Group Conference was that a plan was devised to support her recovery from substance abuse and provide a safe, permanent home for her children. And best of all, her voice was an integral part of the process.  As parents become empowered to chart their own course to a healthier, more vibrant family life for their children they feel less like victims of a system they are unable to control.

A young mother struggles with chemical dependency.  Her children, all under the age of 10, have been separated from her at the point in their young lives when they need their mother most.  And despite her efforts at improving her life, she faces the troubling possibility that her rights as a parent will be permanently ended.

During the previous year, several case managers and service providers have worked with this young mother but often their efforts are disjointed.  Frequently, this mother’s voice was unheard when decisions were made concerning her children. This is where the Concord Mediation Center ’s unique and effective Family Group Conferencing process can become a beacon of hope to a young parent struggling to do what is best for her beloved children.

In Family Group Conferencing, Concord Mediation Center facilitators bring together resources and supports to help families thrive.  Family Group Conferencing builds partnerships between family members, service providers, representatives of the court and social service systems and others.  In a neutral setting guided by neutral facilitators, family members’ voices are heard and perspectives are valued. Children, in particular, benefit when all of the people in their lives work respectfully together.

The Concord Mediation Center Family Group Conferencing process is built around the core value of family.  It builds on the resiliency, shared accountability, and inner strength of family members to make the best possible decisions for their children. Some of the demonstrated outcomes of the Family Group Conferencing process include enhanced safety and permanency for all children of families involved with court and human service systems. Concord Mediation Center facilitators are experts at ensuring that voices are heard and effective plans for supporting each family are devised.

The young mother described above was able to participate in a Family Group Conference at the Concord Mediation Center .  The conference facilitator ensured that everyone associated with this young woman was invited and able to attend. Professionals involved in the young mother’s substance abuse treatment, representatives of the county’s Family Court, all family members, and even friends assembled to participate in the Family Group Conference. The foster parents caring for the young mother’s children provided their input on how the children had been doing since being removed from their mother’s care.

The outcome of this one young woman’s Family Group Conference was that a plan was devised to support her recovery from substance abuse and provide a safe, permanent home for her children.  And best of all, her voice was an integral part of the process.  As parents become empowered to chart their own course to a healthier, more vibrant family life for their children they feel less like victims of a system they are unable to control.

Creating A Parenting Plan

Douglas County Conciliation and Mediation Services referred the parents of a nine-year-old boy to Concord Center to prepare a Parenting Plan. Concord Center initially contacted the parents via letter.

The Parenting Plan process begins with each parent having an individual session with a mediator to discuss their situation, strengths of the parenting relationship and any challenges that are occurring that each parent wants to address in the mediation session. After mediators have met with each parent a determination is made about whether the parents will mediate together or in separate rooms due to any parental conflict that may be occurring.

Once they were able to meet and participate in their initial individual sessions with the mediators the parents met together with two mediators to begin the work of developing a Parenting Plan for their son. The parents agreed that the mother would maintain sole legal custody and sole physical custody of their son. The parents also acknowledged that the mother resided outside Nebraska. The parents agreed that their son would spend every weekend with his dad.

Moreover, the parents discussed how to spend time with their son on holidays. For Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, they agreed that both parents would have parenting time every year. For the winter break that begins on December 26 and ends when school resumes, the parents agreed to alternate time with the child in odd- and even-numbered years.

In the Parenting Plan, the parents agreed to communicate about possible changes to the parenting schedule with each other directly rather than involving the child. The parents acknowledged that all communication about the child occur between the biological parents only regardless of future relationships. Moreover, the parents agreed to notify each other about the child’s activities and to participate in those activities.

Following the mediation, one mediator prepared a written draft of the Parenting Plan. The parents did not object to the written plan, and it was submitted to the local county court for final approval.

to learn more about Parenting Plans visit our Family Mediation page.

Usable Skills Through Training

Concord Center offers customized training for businesses in our community and surrounding areas.  Our training brings insightful ideas and immediately usable skills to individuals and teams as they work to improve their communication and conflict resolution skills.

To see a current list of the training sessions that we offer and to learn more visit our training page.

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Concord Mediation Center is located at 4225 North 90th Street in Omaha, on the east side of North 90th Street between Maple and Fort Streets.

Please call 402-345-1131 if you need directions.