Harry Kaminsky is director of the Community Mediation Program of Terros in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a practicing family and community mediator as well as trainer of mediators. He teaches mediation and dispute resolution classes at the School of Social Work, Arizona State University, and at the University of Phoenix Certificate Program on Dispute Resolution.
Mediating child welfare disputes: How to focus on the best interest of the child
Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 229–235, Spring 1990
How to Cite
Kaminsky, H. and Cosmano, R. (1990), Mediating child welfare disputes: How to focus on the best interest of the child. Mediation Quarterly, 7: 229–235. doi: 10.1002/crq.3900070305
- Issue online: 11 SEP 2007
- Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2007
Disputes arising from a child protective service intervention, and other child welfare related issues, often have their roots in the fundamental conflict of two important American values: liberty and fraternity (community). Lost within the multilayered conflict involving multiple parties is the at-risk child and a clear focus on his or her best interests. Collaborative processes enhanced by mediation can address underlying value conflict as well as disagreement over substantive issues. All concerned parties thereby are helped to focus on the best interest of the child.