Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Country: USA
  • City: Madison
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1963
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Children & Family Disputes

[edit] Description

AFCC is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.

AFCC members are their best and most important resource. The AFCC membership network provides timely access to information and resources. Members come together to exchange information, share perspectives and work collaboratively on projects. AFCC's Web site, members and staff can quickly help identify resources and information that benefit the busy professional.

AFCC brings together members of multiple disciplines in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, from all over the world. As a nonprofit professional association, AFCC is unique because members do not share a common profession. Instead, AFCC members share a strong commitment to education, innovation and collaboration in order to benefit communities, empower families and promote a healthy future for children.

[edit] Mission

AFCC promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices.

[edit] Vision

A justice system in which all professionals work collaboratively through education, support, and access to services to achieve the best possible outcome for children and families.

[edit] Values

  • Collaboration and respect among professions and disciplines
  • Learning through inquiry, discussion and debate
  • Innovation in addressing the needs of families and children in conflict
  • Empowering families to resolve conflict and make decisions about their future

[edit] The AFCC Legacy

AFCC members all share in an impressive legacy passed down from its founding members and the many others who have served AFCC with such fierce dedication. From a small group of court counselors and judges, AFCC has grown to a robust association representing more than a dozen disciplines with members in 19 countries.

In the future, AFCC members will continue to lead the field. The agenda has changed from reconciliation in the 1960s, to divorce with dignity in the 1970s, to mediation in the 1980s, to working with high-conflict and violent families in the 1990s, reflecting the diversity and complexity of contemporary families. Unrepresented litigants, same-sex partnerships, never-married parents, dependency mediation, domestic abuse, parenting coordination, custody evaluations, non-residential parenting, relocation, alienated children and family preservation are among the present and future challenges for AFCC members.

Looking back over nearly half a century, it is clear that the complexity and severity of issues facing families has changed dramatically. Although the issues may change, one thing remains constant: AFCC members continue to share an impressive commitment to families and children cultivated by the founders of the association and instilled in its members and leadership since 1963. The vision has endured, and generations of families have benefited.

[edit] Contact

6525 Grand Teton Plaza, Madison, WI 53719 - USA

Phone 608.664.3750

Fax 608.664.3751


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