We need your sponsorship support, because they need ours
Standing in line at the Children's Court, see Mom, 15 years old, holding her baby. With them are Grandma, 30, and Great Grandma, 45. They've been in the dependency system their entire lives. Mediation, by creating greatly-customized, flexible, and durable agreements, can help break the chain of recidivism.
Only by teaching young coparents HOW to agree can we heal the heart of social conflict. The alternative is broken children, broken windows, and broken locks.
children, victims of abuse and neglect, are entrusted to the care of
the Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice System.
Attorney workloads are routinely over 300 cases. Since 2014, specially-trained professional
mediators have been donating their own time and money to see that adequate time
is spent with parents to offer families a fresh start, realistically workable
agreements, and an honest chance for life outside of the juvenile justice
Justice System is being pushed to its limits by a constant (and too often returning) flow of coparenting
families, ill-equipped to manage recurring conflicts that have dramatic effects
on their lives and their children’s lives.
In 2013 the Children’s Court was
forced to eliminate their mediation unit due to budget cuts. They are simply not being given the funds to financially
support a mediation unit. Seeing that families were returning to the court
system and their children were going through the revolving door of foster care,
Commissioner Marilyn Mordetzky, in the summer
of 2014, started a brand new, volunteer-based mediation
first recruits were professional mediators Randy Drew and Stacey Lisk. They have since continued the advancement of a
new type of mediation program, which has thrived, exceeded all previous expectations,
set new standards, and became an indispensable service to the Children’s Courts
and coparenting families of Los Angeles.