Family Division offers free mediation in adoption cases where the Division of Health and Human Services is involved. The purpose of this mediation is to establish a permanent home for children who are in the custody or guardianship of DHHS. This voluntary mediation helps birth parents and potential adoptive parents enter into an agreement for ongoing communication or contact that is in the best interests of the child, that recognizes the parties' interests and desires for ongoing communication or contact, that is appropriate given the role of the parties in the child's life, and that is legally enforceable by the courts.
The mediators involved in adoption mediation are certified through the Probate Division based on their training and mediation experience. For a list of these mediators, see Probate Division Mediators.