Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a strengths-based, inclusive and collaborative approach that helps families work together with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to resolve child protection disputes and find solutions to problems concerning the care and well-being of children and youth. The ADR Program at York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families provides services in York Region, Durham, Kawartha, Haliburton, Cobourg and Simcoe County.
This service supports by:

Family Group Decision Making

A process that brings members of the child’s family, extended family and community together with child protection workers and other service providers to develop a plan for their child that addresses the concerns identified by the CAS. A Family Group Decision Making Coordinator will work to widen the family circle and ensure that everyone has a voice in planning for the child.

Child Protection Mediation

A process where child protection workers, family and other significant people work together with a Child Protection Mediator to reach a mutually acceptable agreement that meets the needs of the child and addresses the protection concerns identified.

Indigenous Approaches

Traditional methods of dispute resolution that are designed and delivered by and for Indigenous people and their families. Impartial practitioners who are skilled in traditional methods assist the participants in developing a plan that meets the needs of the child, address the identified child protection concerns and is supported by the participants and/or the First Nation community.

Road 2 Resolution

Road 2 Resolution is a one-time meeting that occurs between the family and the CAS when a child has been brought to a place of safety. The purpose is to give everyone an opportunity to discuss the current situation and develop agreed upon next steps. At this time, Road 2 Resolution is available only to families working with the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

How is the program accessed?

For more information on how ADR may help you and your family, speak with your CAS Worker or contact the York Hills ADR Program at 905-503-9560, Ext. 305 or Ext. 356.