The Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster Program

OAFM has the responsibility to uphold excellent standards in the provision of Child Protection Mediation by providing training, oversight of the roster, support of professional development, promotion and capacity building in accordance with the contract with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. 

In 2006, a series of strategies were developed in three key service delivery areas by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Child Welfare Secretariat to achieve better outcomes for children and youth involved in the child welfare system. These strategies are called the Transformation Agenda. 

  • More flexible services when families and children need help from child welfare agencies
  • A strategy to reduce court delays and encourage alternatives to court
  • A broader range of care options for children and youth, which support long-term and permanent homes

A strategy to reduce court delays and encourage alternatives to court. The Child and Family Services Act was amended to streamline court processes and encourage alternatives to court using alternative dispute resolution strategies (ADR). The focus is on more strengths-based, inclusive and collaborative approaches to help resolve child protection disputes and encourage greater and wider family involvement in decision making and planning for children. ADR processes are managed by trained external facilitators and mediators.  Child Protection Mediation is one of the prescribed forms of ADR.

MCCSS continues to Modernize Child Welfare through the review and design process underway in 2020.  Child Protection Mediation will continue to be seen as a pillar for engaging families in decision-making, ensuring impartiality and fairness in decision-making, and ensuring balance in the decision-making process. 




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News and Events

February 25, 2021 - March 11, 2021

OAFM is proudly sponsoring advanced training in Openness in Adoption/Kin Mediations to all interested Child Protection Mediators. The training will...

February 24, 2021 - February 24, 2021

This Professional Development Day is open to past participants of the 2016 or 2017 "Openness in Adoption Training".  The r...

February 08, 2021 - February 12, 2021

Registration for the Child Protection Mediation Training in 2021 is now closed.  If you would like to be added to the list for future tra...

January 06, 2021 - May 05, 2021

The first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm, join us for CPMed Connect for case consulation and discussion regarding issues pertinent to child pro...