Our 2022 Fundraising was our most successful to date.
1. Technical aspects worked (Whew!)
3. Several great sponsors
4. We raised more then $20,000 to serve more families & kids in 2023.
New online, on-demand Mediation and Conflict Communication education system is rolling out.
With more than 600 families served , our Lessons Learned are extensive. Our distance remote, online) mediation process is showing signs of maturity. Unlike in the courthouses when one person could administer the mediations, we now need a team of volunteers. Thank you Naomi Tillman and Shirley Huang!!
When they needed us most, SCFM was the first court-connected mediation program up and running, providing distance (remote, online) mediation services for families. In 2020, we served more than 300 co-parenting families. When faced with adversity, we were there when families needed us most.
On Friday, March 13th, 2020, Settlement Day (described in 2019 below), the Children’s Courthouse was devoted to mediation. Working with the Loyola and USC Law Schools, Southern California Family Mediation served 40 families, in-person. This was our last day in the courthouses for some time to come.
On March 17th, the closure of the dependency courthouses was announced.
Our mediators & USC students met day and night by video conference, to answer:
“How can we safely and responsibly serve the families when they will surely need us most?”
By March 25th, our volunteer mediator teams were up and running, providing parents with remote video conference pre-mediation conversations.
We listened to parents’ concerns, facilitated positive communication, and encouraged families to use facetime, Skype or similar applications to communicate with their children.
The mediators reached out…letting me know that we weren't forgotten.
It was a healing thing…that has been a positive step for the family.
The entire experience was great. …beautiful.
This was put together nicely in such a short time span.
This is great news.
Children's Law Center of California
We will do everything we can to assist you as you keep things going. Randy, I speak for all of LADL in expressing our appreciation for you and your efforts and the attitude of your team at this time! THANK YOU!
Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers
Thank you very much! And please let me know if you need anything specific from County Counsel. Office of the County Counsel, County of Los Angeles
Weeks out in front, mediators worked in teams to help parents develop their own plans to balance safety with well-being.
“…on a case by case basis, balance the public health directives and best interest of the child, and take into consideration whether in-person visitation may continue to be held safely. Family time is important for child and parent well-being…during times of crisis.”
January 11, Our team, accompanied by Ken Cloke, address the 450 dependency attorneys and judicial officers. Notably, Ken remarked, “This is one of the premier mediation programs in the world. And nothing less than the lives of children are at stake.” Thanks Ken!
The Edelman Children's Courthouse devoted this day in 2019 to settling all disputes with the assistance of mediators. For us, this was an all-hands, exciting and challenging event.
January - April, our partnership with USC Law School, educating the next generation of great peacemakers continued.
Our new agreement with the Court formalizes our relationship, and offers additional support and guidance.
Each mediation serves two distinct but overlapping families. The three of us served about 200 families.
As the first transformation-based, court-connected mediation program created by mediators, every system was innovated to maximize benefits and results for families. Every child and co-parent benefits from the creation of their own detailed, self-designed Parenting Plan.
One early innovation was the stipulated co-parenting plan model, which avoided the need for parents to miss additional days of work, and the kids additional school days in order to properly close their cases. A Supervising Attorney for the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers remarked, “In all my years as a dependency lawyer, I have never seen that before."
August - Devastating budget cuts result in the closure of 48 courts and elimination of the Children's (dependency) Court’s Mediation program. Faced with overwhelming recidivism, Commissioner (then, Referee) Mordetzky recruited Mediators Randy Drew and Stacey Lisk to establish a new, volunteer-based dependency mediation program.
Custom, detailed, and durable Exit Orders are important, because they help reduce confusion, frustration, and conflict between co-parents. Better agreements keep parents & children from returning to the court system.
TO Contact us
Southern California Family Mediation
PO Box 7576 Burbank, CA 91510
501(c)3 EIN 81-4881802
Supervisor Naomi Tillman 818-575-6900 (no text) nellieT@dependencymediation.org
Mediation & Education Systems Director, Southern California Family Mediation
Mediator Drew, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern California Family Mediation is a 501(c)3