Community Mediation (formerly The Conflict Resolution Center) is dedicated to providing more cooperative and less formal methods of resolving conflict. Our services and training include mediation, facilitation, and parent education.  With a Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court referral, we offer mediation at no cost, so parents may determine custody, visitation and/or child support.

If your family, coworkers, organization, or you would like more information or the help offered by Community Mediation, please contact us.

Community Mediation improves our community by:

  • Increasing the awareness and use of alternative dispute resolution;
  • Providing education and training on alternative dispute resolution and communication skills to individuals, families, organizations, governments and businesses;
  • Ensuring the availability of qualified mediators and other resources for the resolution of conflicts;
  • Aiding individuals and families, neighborhoods and communities with the prevention of conflicts;
  • Promoting an atmosphere of tolerance, cooperation and acceptance;
  • Transforming conflicts into opportunities for understanding and growth.

Serving:

The Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Buena Vista, Franklin, and Roanoke, as well as the cities of Roanoke and Salem.

For Kids’ Sake

Another important service offered by Community Mediation is For Kids’ Sake, a 4-hour parent education seminar that teaches parents how to nurture their children through the transition of divorce, separation, or break-ups.

Even the most caring parents find it difficult to focus on their children’s needs during a family crisis such as separation or divorce. Many parents simply do not have the necessary skills to help their children with the resulting change and loss. Community Mediation’s For Kids’ Sake seminar puts parents in touch with their children’s needs and provides parents with the knowledge and skills to safely nurture their children through the transition.

The overwhelming majority of parents who have participated in this seminar feel that it is a supportive and worthwhile experience. The four-hour seminar provides valuable, educational information related the parent/child relationship. It is not a counseling session or a time to deal with personal or legal issues, but a chance to learn the skills parents need to help their children through a very difficult time.

What will be covered?
The seminar will focus on issues such as:

Understanding the effects of divorce and separation on children.
Gaining insight into children’s perceptions of separation.
Talking to your children about the transition.
Avoiding placing children in the middle of parents’ issues.
Maintaining a meaningful relationship with your children.

Who may attend?
Any interested parent, grandparent, parent’s partner, guardian, or professional is invited to attend. Parents involved in a divorce, separation, or those who have filed with a court to establish or change a custody or visitation arrangement may be required to attend.

What is the cost of the training?

Cost is $40, although tuition assistance may be available for qualifying lower income parents.

Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
Yes. In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend the entire 4-hour seminar.

Where are the classes held?
In the first floor Training Theater and the 3rd floor Conference Room (312) of the Children’s Trust offices in the Jefferson Center; 541 Luck Ave; Roanoke, VA 24016. You will receive notice of the location within a week of your class.