Peace is the foundation for all philanthropy. It is time to support peace.
We serve the most at risk parents and children at all 28 child dependency courtrooms throughout Los Angeles County, including all cities such as Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena.
2018: Mediators donated more than 1,700 hours valued at over $340,000.
Our Mediations assist with parenting plans, making tough decisions, rebuilding trust, and helping co-parents communicate peacefully & with respect. The families decide what details are important to them and what their agreement will be.
Mediation helps reduce recidivism, reunify families, and teaches skills to handle difficult and emotional situations.
We have been working hard and producing excellent results. We have served over 1,000 parents and over 1,200 children since 2014. Our elite team of mediators has consistently produced agreement rates in excess of 95%.
We have created a challenging professional volunteer training program. We also partner with USC's, Gould School of Law to provide hands-on training and mediation oversight for law school students.
Bio-Dad to Foster Parent
“Thank you so much for stepping in and being the father to my son that I couldn’t be. My son deserved better and you gave him better, I appreciate all you have done for him.”
14 -Year-old daughter to Mom (recovering from addiction)
“Mom I have been afraid to tell you this, because I love you and I don’t want to hurt your feelings. I want to stay with you at least once a week, but I really love my new school and I just feel more stable living with Dad.”
Make a request, instead of a complaint. A complaint is accusatory and causes immediate defensiveness. Mediators help people re-frame complaints into requests.
For example, "You Always..." can bee seen a request for someone to do less of something. Similarly, "You Never..." is really a request for someone to do more of something.
If you are interested in joining the team to: 1. Help keep children out of foster care, 2. Reduce violence between co-parenting families, and 3. Promote social peace & justice, please contact us at: Mediation@SoCalFM.org
2019 SCFM Children's Court Mediation Training: If you are interested in joining our elite team of mediators, find out more by clicking "ABOUT THE TRAINING".
Healing the heart of social conflict begins when co-parents learn better - more successful and less harmful - ways to communicate, negotiate, and agree for their children.
For many co-parents, creating their own agreement together can be one of the most transformational experiences of their lives.
Southern California Family Mediation is helping to save a generation, by providing stability for families.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
We recruit professional mediators and train them to help co-parents create their own visitation plans as they exit the L.A. County Child Dependency Court system.
We are not funded by the Court, and rely on private donations.
“Southern California Family Mediation provides a sophisticated, equitable, meaningful agreement, the way a child’s visitation schedule should be. Because if they know what to do, it alleviates the stress and confusion, and makes for a much more peaceful coexistence.
They are highly, highly recommended by a veteran Children’s Court attorney.”
“Children’s Court cases end, but the consequences must be dealt with by the families everyday thereafter. Thanks to Southern California Family Mediation, exit orders of all kinds are being negotiated regularly, thoroughly, and with great compassion for the families involved.”
“Southern California Family Mediation has resolved my most difficult cases that I did not believe could be resolved without court intervention.”
“It was very helpful for both parents, very clear and very smooth for fixing and finding an agreement. Thank you so much for your help.”
“This has undone years of conflict and disagreements.”
“I appreciate that we were able to agree upon things to simplify a tough situation. Thank you for helping us compromise.”
Communications that are part of a mediation discussion are confidential and inadmissible, consistent with California Evidence Code sections 703.5 and 1115 thru 1138, and California Code of Civil Procedure section 1775.10.