The International Child Abduction Center (Center IKO) is organizing at the request of Missing Children Europe, the Cross Border Family Mediation Training for (family) mediators who would like to specialize in cross border mediations. This high quality training enables you to join the network of CBFM of Missing Children Europe (MCE).
In fact, following directly on this training, MCE organizes in Amsterdam a CBFM Network event for all its members including the new members.
The CBFM Network consists of over 200 trained, bi-cultural mediators that represent 40 countries across the world. They are trained to engage directly with parents to find a solution that reflects the specific family situation and boasts an 81% success rate. All members received at least 50 hours of training in international family mediation based on the mediation model of the TIM-project. Furthermore, yearly on-going mediation training is organized for its members for free.
Cross-border family mediation has proven its potential in recent years. The family situations are often not as clear-cut as the decisions of the court’s decisions make it seem. The nuances that mediation can bring are immense, especially when dealing with urgent decisions such as returning procedures. After a child abduction, a relocation case or an international access case, highly specialized cross-border family mediators are required in order to assist parents in the transition of their legal case (with a clear winners and losers outcome), into a mediation process. The mediation project, in contrast to a formal lawsuit, will see the relatives involved more as a family instead of as opposing legal parties.
With the EU applying an ‘open-border policy’ and with many people from all across the world choosing to live in the EU, conflicts between relatives do not face geographical constraints. This emphasizes the need for cross-border mediators who are able to operate in multiple countries in Europe and handle mediation cases where multiple countries and cultures are involved.
This training is designed at learning from and with each other in an international environment, and to work in multiple different countries and cultures. The training comprises of a 7-day program (spread out over three weeks), with the added assumption that most participants are already familiar with the basic principles of family mediation. During the 7-day training program, participants will be educated in order to function as cross-border mediators who can assist in legal conflict between relatives. There will be a primary focus on (international) child abduction, contact and relocation cases. Mediators will become acquainted with the legal and cultural aspects of these cases and will be provided with useful tools and practical tips. During the course, attention will be paid to the difference between international family cases and more ‘traditional’ domestic cases. In this environment of family-related cases the course focuses on the perspective of the children involved and the effect the case has on them. Finally, the training allows for sufficient room in order for participants to work on their own, all while providing them with the necessary tools and encouraging participants to work together to exchange knowledge and establish professional relationships.