The Family Support Services unit provides the following services to assist families with disputes:
Home Study Investigations
Domestic Violence Screenings
Drug and Alcohol Screenings
Referrals for supervised visitation or visitation transfer centers
Trained professionals provide Mediation (alternative dispute resolution) programs to assist litigants resolve family disputes. Mediation is a cooperative process in which parents and guardians work together to reach an agreement on important family matters without litigation. The primary mediation programs currently include:
Child Access Mediation Program
Dependency Mediation Program
Financial/Property Mediation Program
Children's Rights Council The Children’s Rights Council provides monitored exchange and supervised parenting services to Parties referred by the Circuit Court. To register for services, please click here https://www.crckids.org/access/schedules.
Parenting Education Classes
Families with custody and/or visitation disputes may be ordered to attend two parenting classes that are conducted virtually by the National Family Resiliency Center (NFRC), 410-740-9553. The cost of the classes is $70.
NFRC utilizes trained mental health professionals to conduct parenting classes in which parents/parties learn co-parenting communication skills, children’s developmental needs, and the effect of transition on children. These classes are conducted in English and in Spanish and are held in community locations.