The Dispute Resolution Center is a not-for-profit serving Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties in New York State with mediation, education, and other conflict resolution resources.
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential settlement process used by families and community members as an alternative to going to court. Mediation can be court-referred or self-referred.
Parents Apart classes are for co-parents who want to learn effective strategies for parenting apart, and how to emotionally support their children during a transition in the family unit.
CASA are specially trained volunteers who are assigned to represent children and act as a neutral party in family court matters, monitoring court orders and acting as the voice of the child.
- Swearing-In of New CASA VolunteersCASA Volunteers who have completed the training and their apprenticeship were sworn in by Family Court judges. In Sullivan County, the following volunteers were sworn in by Hon. Judge Meddaugh: Jay Wood, Erika Poston, and DRC staff Audrey Greenidge In Orange County, the following volunteers were sworn in by Hon. Judge Klein: Jane Carey, Candido Cruz Jr., AnnaMarie DellaChiesa, Shanti Desai, Theresa McGill, and Lauren Whalen. We appreciate the time and effort that our volunteers donate to help the children in our communities.
- NYS Recommends Reforms to Custody Evaluation Process“Forensic evaluations are used in the courts for some cases involving child custody and visitation. Under the current system, there is no consistent statewide approach regarding who may act as a forensic evaluator or how the evaluations should be completed. The Blue-Ribbon Commission has developed several robust recommendations that address the need to reconsider the role of the evaluations and the situations in which they are ordered. “ Read more here.
- Lunch with SantaLunch with Santa is an annual event held in Sullivan County. Children who are in foster settings, and their foster parents and families, come and spend an afternoon together to celebrate the holiday season. The program includes lunch for all, a visit with Santa, and the children receive gifts from Santa as well as a tree ornament personalized with a photo of themselves and their family. We thank Judge Meddaugh, and all of our volunteers and staff, for attending and making this even a success.