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The Center for Dispute Settlement Child Permanency Mediation Program: A Survey of Stakeholders and Key Program Participants

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Publication Date: July 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Governmental Research Inc.

Author(s): Donald Pryor; Sarah Boyce

Funder(s): Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc.

Funder(s): Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc.

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Program Evaluation

Type: Report

Coverage: New York


The Center for Dispute Settlement hired CGR to conduct a survey of stakeholders and participants in its Child Permanency Mediation Program. The survey found most respondents said the program created an environment for meaningful exchange and identified issues amenable to mediation, but fewer said the program was effective in developing a child-centered, family-oriented permanency plan.

CGR recommended more selective use of mediation, more training, focusing on specific outcomes, and increasing the understanding and acceptance of the program on the part of judges, attorneys and caseworkers.