Broken children lead to broken adults and broken windows.
Standing in line at the Children's Court Cafeteria, see Mom, 15, holding her baby. Behind her are Grandma, 30, and Great Grandma, 45. They may have been in the juvenile justice system their entire lives. Who will stop this, if not we? And when will it stop, if not now?
“This program has improved the public service at the Dependency Court, and provided integrity to the court system, by enabling coparents to participate in a meaningful mediation regarding the custody, visitation, medical, and educational plans for their children. These concrete and specific Parenting Plan agreements, for Final Juvenile Custody Order Judgements can be used in the Family Law Courts, to provide continuity, cohesion, and a pathway to continuing the family needs and goals, once they leave the dependency system. A specific visitation schedule for families enhances the chances that they will not return to the dependency system. There are provisions for safety, stability, and permanency for the children.”
- Marilyn M. Mordetzky, L.A. County Commissioner
Without mediation, Exit Orders are often so so devoid of details and sometimes even contradictory that they can actually make co-parents' conflicts worse.
We said, There's got to be a better way, and we will prove it.
Our 95% agreement rate, proven over four years, is changing the way courts look at settlement.
It is time to fund peace.
If we want to have exceptional peacemakers healing the heart of social conflict, we need to make it possible for them to work, live, and survive as peacemakers.
For four years, the mediators have paid for this program out of our own pockets. We created the program, innovated a better way, and proved its effectiveness.
We need to minimize mediator turnover, to continue to deliver the quality of service that the co-parents & children deserve & need.
It is time to introduce program sustainability.
This is a lean, affordable, scaleable program that provides great value, serving all 25 L.A. County Children's Courtrooms.
Children's Court Mediation is free. This critical service needs the charitable support of those who can & those who care.