FAQ

What is Mediation?
Mediation is a confidential settlement process where participants talk things through with a neutral/impartial mediator outside of court. Mediation is:
  • informal and voluntary
  • low cost or free
  • respectful and non-adversarial

Call/email one of the DRC locations near you by clicking here for contact information.

What can be Mediated?

  • family issues:  involving extended families; youth; relationships; or the elderly
  • youth and school issues:  with students; teachers, districts, parents; or guardians
  • community issues:  for neighbors; landlords; tenants; consumers; merchants; or farmers
  • workplace issues:  for employees; employers; businesses; or organizations
  • and more:  any disagreement or conflict can be mediated so long as it is non-violent

Why Mediate?

  • stay in control of the outcome
  • participate in the decision-making
  • avoid going to court
  • save time and money
  • settle disagreements peacefully

Who Are The Mediators?
Mediators are members of your community who come from all walks of life including:

  • educators
  • business professionals
  • lawyers
  • counselors
  • retirees
  • seniors

What they all have in common is a strong desire to assist others in resolving conflict.  They are great listeners and communicators who are skilled at guiding people through conflict resolution processes with neutrality, confidentiality, sensitivity, compassion and fairness.  DRC’s mediators all receive professional training and are required to participate in continuing educational classes.

What About Attorneys?
The mediation process is informal.  It isn’t necessary to have an attorney present during mediation.  Attorneys can be consulted at any point during the process.

What Does It Cost?
Most of DRC’s services are offered free of charge with a nominal one-time administrative fee.   Moderate and affordable fees are charged for classes, training programs and couples mediation.

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