Bobbi currently provides Child Protection Mediation services in Victoria. In addition she prepares ‘Hear the Child Reports’ for parents/guardians and the court. A ‘Hear the Child Report’ is a verbatim, non-evaluative report that expresses the views of children and youth on issues related to family transition or breakdown for the purpose of having the views of children and youth considered when decisions are made about their best interest.
Bobbi has retired from family mediation. If you are looking for a family mediator please contact Amy Robertson. To find out more about Amy, her contact information and rates you can either phone her at 250-882-8111, visit her website at victoriamediation.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Protection Mediation
Bobbi has conducted over 500 Child Protection Mediations since 2002 and has extensive experience and training in this specialized area of mediation.
Child Protection Mediation is a program offered by the Ministry of Children and Family Development as an alternative to court. It is a process of working out disagreements or collaborating on plans for children when there are concerns about a child's safety. Mediation may take place before a child is removed or after a court hearing.
Child Protection Mediation can be used in a variety of situations including:
- Aboriginal Child Welfare Issues
- Abuse/Neglect Issues
- Adoption Issues
- Community Living Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Drug and Alcohol/Addiction Issues
- Mental Health Issues
- Permanency Planning and Guardianship
- Special Needs Adults
- Special Needs Children
For more information please go to the Ministry of Justice Government of BC website.
Hear the Child Reports
Bobbi has been on the Hear the Child Society Interview Roster since its inception in 2012 and a Hear the Child Society Board member since 2013.
The Family Law Act states that when determining the best interests of a child the parties and the court must consider 'the child's views, unless it would be inappropriate to consider them.' One way to obtain a child or youth's views is to obtain a Hear the Child Report.
A 'Hear the Child Report' is a verbatim, non-evaluative report that expresses the views of children and youth on issues related to family transition or family breakdown for the purpose of having the views of children/youth considered when decisions are made about their best interest.
A Hear the Child interviewer does not assess the child or the parents nor does the interviewer provide recommendations. The interviewer reports the child's views on their parenting arrangements or family transition, usually verbatim, so that the views can be heard and considered by the adults making decisions about the child's best interests.
Hear the Child Reports can be court ordered or obtained with the agreement of both guardians. Reports are not done at the request of children. For more information about the Hear the Child Society and Hear the Child Reports please visit the website at http://hearthechild.ca. Please contact Bobbi directly for information on rates.
For more information on Bobbi's experience and qualifications as a child interviewer, view Bobbi's Hear the Child Qualifications.