ADR-LINK has developed brochures that are available for Practitioners, those referring, and families. Information for each method of ADR as well as information on the referral process can be found below.
Funded by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, ADR-Link is housed at the London Family Court clinic and connects families involved in child protection matters with Children’s Aid Societies to ADR practitioners in the South(west) Region of Ontario. When a child protection case qualifies for ADR, the CAS or the Indigenous community that the child is affiliated with makes a referral with the family’s consent to ADR-Link. ADR-Link then matches the referral with a qualified professional within the South(west) Region of Ontario. ADR-Link maintains a roster of such professionals.
In 2005-2006, the Ontario Government introduced the Child Welfare Transformation agenda. As of November 30, 2006, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services put forth Policy Directive CW 005-06 which outlines when Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be accessed. Further in 2006, amendments were made to the Child and Family Services Act through Bill 210 which resulted in the requirement for Children’s Aid Societies to consider using ADR when resolving issues of child protection disputes.