Assessing Mediation in Nevada: Outcome Evaluation in Washoe County, Nevada (2nd Judicial District)

December 1, 2013

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that has been utilized in the juvenile dependency system to avoid further litigation through the assistance of a neutral third party. Parties can resolve issues in a non-adversarial enviroment and focus on their strengths. The Second Judicial District of Nevada (Washoe County) implemented a mediation program in 2011 for parents and stakeholdrs who are in the middle of a child abuse and neglect case. The purpose of this outcome evaluation was to examine cases that are referred to mediation compared to those who are not.