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ADR-Link is funded by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services and housed at the London Family Court Clinic. There are four prescribed methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) available through ADR-Link:

  • Child Protection Mediation
  • Original Dispute Resolution/Indigenous Approaches
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • 4th Option/Other

ADR-Link connects families involved in child protection matters with Children’s Aid Societies to ADR-Link Practitioners in the South Region of Ontario. To qualify for the MCYS funding available through ADR-Link, there must be a clear decision that a court intervention is being considered, is pending or is in progress. When a child protection case does meet this criteria, 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.

To fulfill the role of broker, ADR-Link maintains a roster of qualified ADR Professionals. These Practitioners are qualified through the George Hull Centre, Ontario Association of Family Mediation or qualified as an Indigenous Approaches/ODR Practitioner.

The following is a list of the eight Societies and ten First Nation communities that ADR-Link serves:

  • Bruce-Grey Children’s Aid Society
  • Chatham-Kent Children’s Aid Society
  • Elgin-St. Thomas  Children’s Aid Society
  • Huron-Perth  Children’s Aid Society
  • London-Middlesex  Children’s Aid Society
  • Oxford Children’s Aid Society
  • Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society
  • Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society
  • Aamjiwnaang First Nation (Chippewas of Sarnia)
  • Caldwell First Nation
  • Chippewas of Nawash First Nation
  • Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation
  • Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
  • Delaware Nation Moravian of the Thames
  • Munsee Delaware Nation
  • Oneida Nation of the Thames
  • Saugeen First Nation
  • Walpole Island First Nation

 

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