MEDIATION CASE TYPES Adoption Mediation Adoption mediation refers to a process for mediating a Post Adoption Contact Agreement (PACA). This is an agreement between the birth parents and prospective adoptive parents that allows for contact between a child’s adoptive family and members of the child’s birth family after the adoption has been finalized. Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process facilitated by specially trained and experienced mediators. The mediators help parties explore and consider different types of contact that support the safety and best interests of the child. The mediators do not make decisions for the parties nor do the mediators give legal advice or psychological counseling. For more information about adoption mediation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Bullying Issues Mediation Program Realistic Child Focused Solutions It can be difficult for schools and families to have conversations around such a sensitive and emotional subject as bullying. Mediation provides a neutral environment that is conducive to dialogue that helps build parent-school relationships. It can help create a plan that is a springboard to improving a child’s school experience which may extend far beyond school. What is the Bullying Issues Mediation Program? Bullying Issues Mediation Program is a partnership between Oakland Mediation Center and Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s NoBLE (No Bullying Live Empowered) Program to offer a mediation service, integrated with a bullying issues specialist, to provide realistic child focused solutions. It is a resource for parents and schools to facilitate productive conversations around the difficult issue of bullying. Click here for more information about OMC’s Bullying Mediation Program. Divorce Mediation Dealing with decisions surrounding a divorce can be complicated, overwhelming and stressful. Where litigation often tears families apart, mediation works to maintain and improve relationships through communication. Often times in the battle of divorce the child(ren) are overlooked; however, mediation brings focus to the best interest of the child and works with parents to comprise a mutually agreeable and workable agreement. Highly trained and experienced divorce mediators will help you to discuss your concerns, explore various options and find acceptable solutions to issues involving: Parenting agreement Financial support Health and life insurance Family home & real estate Household goods Personal property Business ownership Stocks and bonds Bank accounts and other assets Outstanding debts Click here to learn more about OMC’s Divorce mediation services. Online Mediation For more than 30 years OMC has strived to make mediation services available to every community member. With the assistance of technology we are closer than ever to making this a reality. We are excited to announce that Online Mediation Services are now available and being offered at OMC. The new online services will enable parties to easily participate in mediation from anywhere in the world using their PC, tablet, or smart phone. This modern approach to ADR allows for the mediation process to flow as it does in person including being able to caucus. Documents, photographs, and video can all be shared and viewed with everyone involved in the online mediation session clearly and in real time. Once the parties have downloaded the free software they will simply click a link or enter a meeting ID sent to them by an OMC staff member. This will enable them to join a very secure and private mediation session. This new service removes any geographical boundary challenges and expands our community to include everyone, everywhere. To learn more about OMC’s Online Mediation Services please contact us at email@example.com . Parenting Time Mediation Dealing with decisions surrounding parenting time with your children can be complicated, overwhelming, and stressful. Where litigation often tears families apart, mediation works to maintain and improve relationships through communication. Please contact us to learn more about OMC’s parenting time mediation program at firstname.lastname@example.org . Probate Mediation Dealing with decisions about personal or financial needs of a vulnerable person can be complicated and stressful. Family members may feel overwhelmed by juggling the needs of an adult, minor child, or disabled relative. With the added needs of children or career demands, family members may feel they have no other options but to petition the court for guardianship or conservatorship. At the same time, the person over whom guardianship is sought, may feel threatened or betrayed because he/she stands to lose the right to make basic life decisions. Mediation may be the right alternative to help you reach a resolution. Mediation gives families a chance to discuss their concerns, explore options, and find solutions to issues involving: Child Probate Matters Permanency Planning/Child Protection Mediation Adult Probate Matters Probate Matters For Individuals With a Disability Click here to learn more about OMC’s Probate Mediation Services. Special Education Mediation Program Communication is an important aspect of educational planning for infants through young adults (age birth to 26) with special needs. Your ability as a parent, educator, or service provider to communicate productively when creating an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) can affect the quality of a young person’s development and education. OMC offers Special Education Mediation Services and IFSP, IEPT and Resolution Meeting Facilitation. Click here to learn more about OMC’s Special Education Mediation services.. Truancy Mediation Truancy is the first sign that a student is in trouble at home and at school and is the most powerful predictor of juvenile delinquency. Our program uses mediation to reduce school truancy. The mediation session focuses on sharing state and local school attendance requirements, pinpointing underlying causes for non-attendance early on and setting up a plan to improve attendance. Click here to learn more about OMC’s Truancy Mediation services. Victim/Offender Mediation Restorative Mediation allows parties affected by crime to have a say in what happens in the aftermath. It provides a peaceful alternative to taking out a warrant and going through the judicial process or letting conflict escalate at home, school, work or in the community. Mediation focuses on restoring losses of individual victims of crime; recognizes the need to restore offenders to “right relationships” with individuals and community; recognizes that offenders must be given opportunities to right wrongs and redeem themselves in their own eyes and the eyes of community. Mediation asks “what’s happening and how can the problem be fixed?” Employment Mediation Is conflict in your organization costing you time and money? Does it lead to grievances and legal actions? Does it cause stress for employees and management? Consider mediation as an alternative. Click here to learn more about OMC’s Employment Mediation services. General Civil Mediation Whether you have a pending general civil matter in district court or circuit court or are contemplating filing, consider using mediation to resolve your dispute. Currently, OMC provides mediation services onsite at six district courts in Oakland County and receives referrals from the Oakland County Circuit Court. Check with the local district court to see if mediation is available. Landlord/Tenant Mediation Whether you have a pending landlord/tenant matter in district court or are contemplating filing, consider using mediation to resolve your dispute. Currently, OMC provides mediation services onsite at six district courts in Oakland County. Check with the local district court to see if mediation is available. Small Claims Mediation Whether you have a pending small claims matter in district court or are contemplating filing for small claims, consider using mediation to resolve your dispute. Currently, OMC provides mediation services onsite at six district courts in Oakland County. Check with the local district court to see if mediation is available. OMC offers a wide variety of mediation services. Once you have decided that mediation is right for you the next step is to connect with OMC. Please complete a Request for Mediation form to begin the process.