ACCESS AND VISITATION
Free meditation sessions and co-parenting classes are being offered to parents who have open cases with the Department of Child Support Enforcement or who earn less than $30,000 per year. The goal of this program is to give children the benefit of having both parents involved in their lives.
Mediation services give parents the opportunity to sit with an impartial neutral to develop plans for spending time with the child(ren). Even tricky topics such as how time will be divided over the holidays can be tackled.
Co-parenting classes will give parents information and tools to effectively communicate with each other and share parenting responsibilities. Funding for this program is made available through the Department of Social Services’ Access and Visitation grant program.
To get access to the mediation program, both parents need to be willing to mediate a parenting plan. Also, current contact information for both parents needs to be available. Parents who meet these criteria should call Resolution Virginia's main telephone number 888-VA PEACE to connect to the closest center offering the services. Or centers can be reached directly at the numbers below:
ReSOLUTIONS, Woodstock (540) 459-8799
Better Agreements, Inc. Blacksburg (540) 552-1200
CMG Foundation, Richmond (804) 254-2664
Conflict Resolution Center @ Children’s Trust, Roanoke (540) 342-2063 ext. 24
FairField Center, Harrisonburg (540) 434-0059 ext. 1
Mediation Center of Charlottesville (434) 977-2926
NVMS (Northern Virginia Mediation Service), Fairfax (703) 865-7263
Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, Warrenton (540) 347-6650
Peaceful Alternatives Community Mediation, Amherst (434) 929-8224
The Up Center, Portsmouth (757) 397-2121 ext. 332