Virginia's Judicial System

Innovative Grants Fund Exciting ADR Programs

In response to a Request for Proposals issued in the spring, the Office of the Executive Secretary awarded fifteen contracts for innovative court-connected ADR programs for the current fiscal year.

Apple Valley Mediation Network in New Market has initiated a restorative justice pilot program which provides mediation services for disputes between family members and between neighbors in which juveniles are brought to the attention of the Page County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Common Ground Negotiation Services in Charlottesville has begun an adult incapacity mediation pilot project. The Contractor will address the needs and rights of adults in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County whose decision-making ability has been called into question through a petition in the court.

The Community Mediation Center in Harrisonburg has undertaken a restorative justice pre-trial referral program. They provide victim offender conferencing for criminal cases pending before the County of Rockingham and City of Harrisonburg General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Center is also providing truancy mediation services to the J&DR District Courts of the 25th and 26th Districts.

The DSC Community Mediation Center in Norfolk received a contract to provide mediation and family group conferencing services for appropriate cases in the General District Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts in the Cities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

FSR Associates in Charlottesville is providing mediation services for truancy cases that are at the petition level before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Donald Hochstein of South Boston was awarded a contract for a Re-entering Childhood Through Mediation Program. He is providing early intervention mediation services in the Halifax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in an effort to allow habitual truant and runaway juveniles to avoid the trauma of courtroom trial.

A dependency mediation contract was awarded to imMEDIATE in Alexandria. Mediation can be accessed from the time of entry in Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court of a preliminary child protective order or an emergency removal order to the conclusion of a termination of parental rights hearing.

Peaceful Alternatives Community Mediation Services in Monroe is involved in a program entitled F.I.R.S.T. Response in which they provide truancy mediation, juvenile offense accountability facilitation, and victim-offender mediation services to the Circuit Courts and District Courts of Amherst, Bedford and Appomattox Counties and the City of Lynchburg.

Peninsula Mediation Center in Hampton has undertaken an early neutral evaluation program through the Hampton Circuit Court. The Program includes providing training, supervision and evaluation of neutrals, establishing a Hampton Bar Association ADR Committee, development of a program infrastructure, screening cases for possible ENE referral, and providing ENE conferences for cases.

Phillips, Morrison & Johnson and Lynchburg Youth Services, Inc. will provide child dependency mediation in cases where a child is before the court where a public or private agency is also involved. These cases concern children who are the subject of petitions related to child abuse or neglect, child-at-risk for abuse or neglect, approval of an entrustment agreement or for relief of custody, foster care review, permanency planning or termination of parental rights.

Resolution Facilitators of Roanoke has initiated the CHANCE for Youth Program through which they will provide mediation services to youth who have committed a first-time offense. The Program serves Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts in the County of Bedford, the City and County of Roanoke, and the City of Salem.

JOYCE K. SEXTON Mediation Services of Midlothian is providing services to school principals and the Petersburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for mediation between and among students with the assistance of their parents to reduce the violence in the Petersburg schools.

Nancy Siford, Inc. of Ashland began the Juvenile Accountability and Reparation Program through which mediation services will be provided to effect the early resolution of truancy cases and other juvenile matters for the Counties of Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts.

United Methodist Family Services in Alexandria will provide mediation in child dependency cases for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts in the City of Alexandria and the Counties of Fairfax and Loudoun. The target population includes families with children in out-of-home placement and those court-involved children at risk of coming into out-of-home placement.

The Department of Dispute Resolution Services is involved on an on-going basis in the contract administration of these programs, and we are excited about the potential they contribute to the growth of mediation services for our courts and the citizens they serve in these most important areas of conflict.

This page last modified: October 18, 2002