Parenting Facilitation | Court Ordered Parenting Coordination

Parenting Facilitation in Texas

A child-centered process for conflicted divorced or divorcing parents

Parenting facilitation is a non-confidential, child-centered process for conflicted divorced and divorcing parents. It is a form of dispute resolution for parents in which mediation would be inappropriate or ineffective due to high levels of conflict.

Through education, mediation and case management, the family’s progress is monitored to ensure that parents are fulfilling their obligations to their child while complying with the recommendations of the Court. With prior approval of the parties and/or the Court, the parenting facilitator may have the authority to make limited decisions, within the scope of the court order, to assist high-conflict parents who have demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to make parenting decisions on their own.

The role of the parenting facilitator is outlined by the authority granted in the court order or the stipulation of the parties. View Sample Court Order Appointing a Parenting Facillitator

We offer children the opportunity to grow in a stress-free environment

Parenting facilitators assist parents to establish and maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship by reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influence a child’s post-divorce adjustment. The overall emphasis is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from the devastating stress of being caught in the middle of parental conflict.

Since parenting facilitation is a non-confidential process, parenting facilitators document parental behaviors and compliance with court orders. This is usually done through memos and, if necessary, by testimony to the Court. Parenting facilitators may share their concerns regarding each parents’ behaviors and make recommendations regarding unresolved issues.

Source: Parenting Coordination Central

Contact us for court-ordered parenting facilitation and forensic social work

Miles I. Morrison, LCSW, CMFSW, SAP is a Texas-qualified parenting facilitator and forensic social worker. He accepts court-ordered cases involving divorced or divorcing parents in high conflict.

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Goals of Parenting Facilitation

  1. Educate parents regarding the impact of their behaviors on their children's development.
  2. Reduce parental conflict through anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills.
  3. Decrease inappropriate parental behaviors to reduce stress for the child.
  4. Work with parents in developing a detailed plan for issues such as discipline, decision-making, communication, etc.
  5. Create a more relaxed home atmosphere allowing the child to adjust more effectively with the new family structure.
  6. Collaborate with professionals involved with the family in order to offer coordinated service.
  7. Monitor parental behaviors to ensure that parents are fulfilling their obligation to their child while complying with the recommendations of the Court.

Source: Parenting Coordination Central

Benefits of Parenting Faciliation

Benefits Children by:

  • Enhancing the child’s confidence and self-esteem by creating an optimal environment for growth
  • Reducing the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Diminishing the child’s sense of loyalty binds
  • Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life
  • Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere allowing the child to adjust more effectively

Benefits Parents by:

  • Educating parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on the child’s development
  • Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills, and children’s issues in divorce
  • Working with parents in developing a detailed parenting plan

Benefits Families by:

  • Reducing the number of litigated cases
  • Communicating to parents that the child(ren) come first
  • Offering families a valuable resource
  • Providing prompt resolution to daily child-rearing issues
  • Monitoring parental compliance with the court orders
  • Providing the Court a comprehensive picture of the family “in action” by way of court testimony

Benefits The Legal Community by:

  • Decreasing the number of client calls and micromanagement of the difficult case
  • Improving client behavior and cooperation
  • Providing prompt and consistent resolution
  • Monitoring compliance with the court order
  • Reducing the number of litigated cases
  • Providing prompt resolution to daily child-rearing issues

Source: Parenting Coordination Central

Parenting Facilitation is Forensic Social Work

Forensic social work is the application of social work to questions and issues relating to law and legal systems. This specialty of our profession goes far beyond clinics and psychiatric hospitals for criminal defendants being evaluated and treated on issues of competency and responsibility.

A broader definition includes social work practice which in any way is related to legal issues and litigation, both criminal and civil. Child custody issues, involving separation, divorce, neglect, termination of parental rights, the implications of child and spouse abuse, juvenile and adult justice services, corrections, and mandated treatment all fall under this definition.

Source: National Organization of Forensic Social Work