Referral Process

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For a case to qualify for the ADR process and receive 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. Additionally, a referral must come from one of the eight CASs or ten First Nation communities in the South West Region of Ontario, specifically:

  • 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
Steps of the Referral Process

  1. If the referral agent is CAS, discuss the case with your supervisor. Some cases are not amenable to ADR or the referral may be premature. Your agency may have policies around inclusionary and exclusionary criteria. If the referral agent is an Indigenous community member, consult the Band or ADR-Link for your specific community referral contact.
  2. Discuss the possibility of ADR with the family and get their agreement to consider ADR.
  3. If this is an Indigenous family, regardless of who is making the referral, the Band is to be consulted.
  4. Obtain written consent from all key parties, including children 12 and over, to make the referral to ADR-Link. Use your agency or communities own general consent form for this.
  5. Complete all sections of the ADR-Link referral form. Submit the completed referral form, OCL notification form and signed consents to ADR-Link.


ADR-Link Referral Form – click here

  • A PDF version of this form is available here.
  • This form can be faxed to (519) 679-4234 or emailed to
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