Southern California Family Mediation

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2019 SoCal Child Dependency Mediation Training

Please, check back for 2019 training dates, but don't wait to contact us, if you are interested in joining this elite team of mediators at Mediation@SOCALFM.org.  

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Co-parents learn to create their own Parenting Plan Agreements

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.


An unprecedented 95% of our (communication & agreement-creation) workshop style mediations result in agreements by the co-parents.

Who We Are

Southern California Family Mediation keeps kids out of shelter care.


We recruit professional mediators and train them to help co-parents create their own visitation plans as they exit the L.A. County Children’s Court system, because without a comprehensive & lasting agreement to provide structure, family violence and recidivism too often become generational. 

  • We have supported permanency for over 1,200 children.
  • Because, every time a child is uprooted from his or her support system: home, family, school, and friends, their chances of graduating high school or going to college are reduced, and they are more likely to grow-up to be unemployed, homeless, or incarcerated.

>> We are not funded by the Court, and rely on private donations.


Our Amazing Volunteer Mediators

  • Our team of 30 specially-trained volunteer mediators, with decades of experience and stacks of advanced degrees, serve all 25 courtrooms at both L.A. County Children’s Courthouses.
  • 2 Co-mediators spend all day helping co-parents develop the communication and negotiation skills they need to create their own comprehensive Custody & Visitation Agreement, the same skills they need to co-parent peacefully for their children.
  •  In 2017, our volunteer mediators donated over 1,700 hours, valued at more than $340,000.     

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Our Partners

The things People Say

Donna Bernstein, Attorney, L. A. Dependency Lawyers Inc. -

 “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.”  

Dennis Smeal, Supervising Attorney, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers Inc. -

 “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.” 

Jennifer Bryan, Attorney, L. A. Dependency Lawyers Inc. -

 “Southern California Family Mediation has resolved my most difficult cases that I did not believe could be resolved without court intervention.” 

Parent -

 “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.” 

Parent -

"I'm sorry I was so hard on you in the beginning.  I didn't understand at first what you were doing to help us.  I really just want you to understand how much you did for us.  Thank you so much.  I appreciate all you did to help us coparent better.  It's still going to be tough, but at least now we have a chance."

Parent -

 “I appreciate that we were able to agree upon things to simplify a tough situation. Thank you for helping us compromise.” 

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Contact Us

Do you need coparenting support, have a question, or want to add your voice to the conversation?

201 Centre Plaza Drive, Monterey Park, California 91754, 2nd floor - - and - - 1040 West Avenue J, Lancaster, California 93534, 2nd floor

(818) 575-6900