Areas Of Service
(please note that some services may qualify for reimbursement through private insurance)
Parenting Assessments, also known as Custody & Access assessments or Section 30 reports of the Children’s Law Reform Act, may be voluntary on consent of the parties, or Court-Ordered.
Parenting assessments can be helpful for parents who are unable to come to agreement around child custody and access arrangements.
Assessments include meetings with the parents and other relevant individuals, the children if age-appropriate, observation visits and a review of collateral information.
A report is provided which includes a thorough assessment of the situation, recommendations around time with each parent, how decisions about the child(ren) are made, as well as clinical recommendations for the parents and/or children, in order to address identified issues and concerns.
Voice of the Child Report
A Voice of the Child Report is a means to give children a voice during family law proceedings. It is usually Court-Ordered.
The Voice of the Child Report is a written report provided to the parties which includes the child’s views and preferences as they relate to their family’s situation and parenting issues. Consultation with parents includes a readiness interview. The child must also consent to what is contained in the report.
A Voice of the Child report is not an assessment nor does it contain recommendations. It is a cost-effective means to have the child’s views and preferences considered.
Parenting coordination is dispute resolution process which is child-focused. It is a process which supports parents who continue to experience conflict with one another post-separation/divorce as they attempt to meet their children’s needs.
By having a neutral third party assisting in communication, the stress of day-to-day disagreements can be alleviated. Issues can be resolved through mediation and/or arbitration if needed, all while avoiding the use of Courts. This process can help lessen the strain of the post-separation conflict.
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method to allow separating couples come to agreement out of Court.
Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties must be agreeable to the negotiation process in order to reach a separation agreement.
Mediators to do not offer advice, nor do they make final decisions, but rather offer support and facilitation of communication in order to come to agreement on the various issues in question.
Reunification counselling is a means to facilitate contact and communication between a parent and child whose relationship has broken down, sometimes as a result of high conflict issues between parents.
The process involves individual meetings with each parent, meetings with the children, and eventually meetings between the children and parent(s). The goal is to help bridge the relationship between the parent and the child, while respecting the child's wishes and concerns,
Brief Access Supervision
Supervised access services are offered on very short term basis from 1 - 3 visits. The purpose is to initiate access between the child and their parent (or other identified individual) when it has not been occurring for a period for of time.
Interactions are observed and documented in the form of a written report which can then be filed with the Court.
Consultation and counselling are available to help support caregivers and children though the separation process.