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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a way to work with families involved with child welfare services. It is an alternative method of resolving a dispute in ways other than the court process and it can also happen after a court process has started. It is a collaborative approach and works by finding common interests and inclusive ways to solve a dispute respecting the values and voices of all participants. It could involve one of three methods including Child Protection Mediation (CPM), Family Group Conferencing (FGC) or Indigenous Approaches.

ADR is voluntary and it means you work with a professional outside of child welfare to resolve a child protection issue. This professional is called a “facilitator” and is trained to hep you agree on your issues without taking sides.

For more information about the ADR program and how it can help you and your children:

  • Speak to your society worker and ask for more information on ADR approaches.
  • If you have a lawyer representing you, speak with them.
  • Contact your local ADR program at 613-966-7413 or email