Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (ADR) is a free service to assist families and children’s aid agencies find solutions to problems concerning the care of children and youth.
The ADR Program in Eastern Ontario is situated at Family Services Ottawa (all services are delivered in communities across the region).
The services provided through the ADR Program are intended to:
- Be alternatives to court
- Allow for decisions about the care of children to be made more quickly
- Provide families an opportunity to participate in decision making about the care of their children
The guiding principles of the ADR Program are that:
- Participation in the program is voluntary
- Families know their families best
- No one person makes the decisions
- The services are child focused
There are two services offered through the ADR Program, see our brochure for a brief description.
In order to receive service from the program a referral form is required. CAS agencies, please send completed referral and consent to share information forms to the ADR program coordinator. Forms may be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an individual, lawyer, or community service agency, please contact the ADR program coordinator to inquire about making a referral.
Services are provided for families involved with the following agencies.
- Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
- Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell
- Family and Child Services – County of Renfrew
- The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry
If you are interested in a referral to the Program, you can talk to:
- The ADR Program Coordinator
- Your Children’s Aid worker.
- Your lawyer
- The court
All referrals include a notification to the Office of the Children’s Lawyer; they decide on a case-by-case basis whether to assign counsel to your child. If you want more information about the Office of the Children’s Lawyer here is their website: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/ocl/about.asp
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program please contact the Program Coordinator at any time:
Tel: 613-725-3601 Ext. 221
Toll Free: 1-877-717-8959 Ext. 221