Mediation is a process that brings disputing parties together to resolve their conflicts helping them brainstorm and develop solutions. Mediation helps alleviate potential stress and further disruption within families by addressing the underlying issues contributing to conflicts between parent sand their children. The overall goal for the parties involved is to cooperatively create a written agreement that each person feels is fairly balanced, realistic, and an accurate reflection of the issues discussed during mediation. Possible topics for mediation might include respect, curfew, friends/social activities, household responsibilities, school attendance, independence, privacy, trust, and communication.
Trained, volunteer mediators meet with the families on a regular bases. They help each family member voice concerns, clarify ways the situations could change, and help to establish a sense of equality.