The Network of Cross-border Family Mediators and MiKK e.V. International Mediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction organize an annual 50-hour training course to qualify practising family mediators to mediate cross-border family disputes, including international child abductions, access and custody cases.

The Cross-border Family Mediators' Network consists of a group of over 125 trained bi-cultural family mediators who specialise in helping parents find an amicable solution in cases of international family conflicts. Mediation has proved to be an effective way of resolving parental abductions, as it involves finding a mutual solution that is agreed upon by both parents in the best interest of the child.

The course covers the relevant legal aspects of international family conflicts, including national family law, 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions and the Brussels IIa Regulation. Participants receive an overview of organizations in Europe which provide cross-border mediation in parental child abduction cases and are introduced to tools and methodologies for mediating high conflict cases. Case studies and role playing are an integral part of the course. Drawing on the particpants' experience, we examine the issues of mediating across cultures and interdisciplinary cooperation.

A maximum of 25 participants are accepted to the course. Participants who complete the training may join the network of Cross-border Family Mediators.

The network of Cross-border Family Mediators looks forward to increasing its membership of legal, psychosocial and educational professionals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and nationalities who are trained in cross-border family mediation.

Further information and the programme of the next course can be found in the News section.




News

VOICE – project
Recent research (Bouncing Back; ensuring the wellbeing of children in case of international child abduction, 2017) has shown that children were positive about the possibility of being heard.



Family mediation: a successful solution in child abduction cases
Today marks the beginning of International Mediation Week which aims to promote the importance of family mediation in parental abduction cases. Despite its success rate, mediation remains a solution that is not sufficiently used in Europe.



Family mediation: a successful solution in child abduction cases
Brussels, 14 October – Today marks the beginning of International Mediation Week which aims to promote the importance of family mediation in parental abduction cases. Despite its success rate, mediation remains a solution that is not sufficiently used in Europe.