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The 4th Option or “Other” is one of the prescribed methods for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Child & Family Services Act of Ontario. The 4th Option is a unique method of ADR to be utilized in circumstances where one of the other prescribed methods (FGC, CPM or ODR) is not available or where another method is deemed more suitable. This is a decision-making process for resolving disputes between a children’s aid society (CAS) and the family of a child who is (or may be) in need of protection. Funding from the Ministry of Children & Youth Services supports the use of ADR if a court intervention is being considered, is pending, or is in progress. There are specific criteria for 4th Option or “Other” referrals.

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