The Toronto Mediation Centre (TMC) provides child protection mediation services to families involved with Children’s Aid Societies across the Greater Toronto Area.

 Mediation provides an opportunity for families in conflict to have a voice and participate in their own solution in a non-adversarial way.

Advantages of Child Protection Mediation

  • Referrals can be made to mediators within 24 hours
  • No cost to the Societies
  • A voluntary process in which a neutral third party helps families and Children’s Aid Societies arrive at mutually acceptable negotiated agreements
  • Helps  move past  impasse
  • Narrows issues
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Issues may be resolved out of the courtroom
  • Encourages a spirit of negotiation, listening and being heard
  • Enhances self-worth
  • Strengthens families’ voices
  • Customizes results 

Types of Cases Appropriate for CPM

  • Parent/teen conflict
  • Expiring temporary care agreements
  • Placement issues
  • Negotiating terms of supervision orders
  • Negotiating length of care and conditions
  • Access issues
  • Crown Wardship orders and reviews
  • Foster parent/ CAS/parent issues
  • Poor communication between worker and clients
  • Open adoption