Thursday, May 1, 2008

AFCC eNEWS - April 2008

AFCC Eighth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations
Call for Presenters Deadline Approaching
The Call for Presenters deadline is next week for AFCC's Eighth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, September 25-27, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are interested in participating as a presenter, please submit a proposal before May 1, 2008. The conference will feature pre-conference institutes, plenary sessions and more than twenty workshops for experienced evaluators and those who are just starting out. The Symposium, only offered in alternate years, will take place at the Albuquerque Marriott in the heart of Albuquerque.
Call for Presenters (PDF)...

Top Ten Tips for Interviewing Children for Custody Evaluations
AFCC eNEWS asked leading professionals Kathleen Clark, Leslie Drozd, Jonathan Gould, Kathryn Kuehnle, Mindy Mitnick and Phil Stahl their top ten tips for interviewing children during custody evaluations.
Read their top ten list...

Sellout Anticipated for AFCC 45th Annual Conference in Vancouver
Register today to ensure your place!
It looks as though AFCC's Annual Conference, May 28-31, 2008 in Vancouver, BC, will sell out for a second consecutive year. If you are planning on attending and have not registered, please do so immediately! All confirmed registrants were sent a hard copy confirmation letter in the mail. A list of confirmed registrants is posted on the AFCC Conferences page. Please check to make sure your name is on this list. Participants can save up to $50 by registering prior to May 2, 2008. Register online by clicking the link below or, mail or fax your completed registration form to AFCC. For lodging information, online registration and more, please click the link below.
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The Call of the Lattelope
by John Kydd, AFCC Past President (1996), Seattle, Washington
What is a Lattelope? This enchanting (and sometimes breathtaking) creature was first sighted at AFCC's 42nd Annual Conference (2005) in Seattle, Washington. Pictures were taken, stories were whispered in the corners of the hospitality suite and hope soared for another sighting.

AFCC Focused Evaluations Task Force Survey Results Online
The survey results from the AFCC Task Force on Focused Evaluations, Co-chaired by Phil Bushard and Linda Cavallero, are available on the AFCC Web site. The task force disseminated an online survey in the fall of 2007 to collect information on current practices of custody evaluators and to help guide their initiatives in developing Guidelines for Focused Assessments. Members of the Task Force on Focused Evaluations will be presenting the guidelines at AFCC's Eighth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, September 25-27, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
View survey results...

Child Welfare Decision-Making Collaborative Report Online
The Report of the Child Welfare Decision-Making Collaborative that AFCC hosted immediately prior to the AFCC and NCJFCJ Regional Training Conference, September 25-26, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio is now available on the AFCC Web site. The Report entitled, Conflict Resolution in Child Welfare: Collecting the Wisdom of 25 Years of Experience was prepared by Joan Kathol and Bernie Mayer.
Read the report...

Advanced Issues in Child Custody and Parenting Coordination Trainings in Chicago
AFCC is offering two excellent training programs in June for professionals who work with high-conflict families at the Loyola Law Center in Chicago, Illinois. Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., will present Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Abuse, Alienation and Other Challenges, June 23-24, 2008 and Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D., will present Parenting Coordination: Helping High Conflict Parents Resolve Disputes, June 25-26, 2008. Each training program is eligible for 13 CE hours for psychologists and both trainings are pending approval by the Illinois MCLE Board for 12 CLE credits.
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AFCC Board of Directors
The AFCC Nominating Committee hereby provides notice to the membership that the following members have been nominated to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2008:

FEATURED VIDEO INTERVIEW Featured Interview with Ann L. Milne

Courtesy of and the AFCC eNEWS are pleased to feature this issue's video interview series with Ann L. Milne. Ann was AFCC Executive Director from 1989-2002 following many years of service as Chair of the Mediation Committee and a member of the AFCC Executive Committee. An early leader in the family and divorce mediation field, she continues to train mediators through the University of Wisconsin Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies.
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Drops from Down Under

by Hon. Graham Mullane, New South Wales, Australia
This issue of Drops from Down Under features new research on shared parenting from the Institute of Family Studies. Additional topics include the Hague Convention, terrorism and children's legal aid, a new online mediation service and upcoming conferences in Australia and around the world.

News from Across the Pond
by Karen Mackay, Chief Executive, Resolution, Kent, England
This year marks Resolution's 25th anniversary and we are busy organizing a host of events to mark the anniversary. Resolution's National Conference is now a fixture in the calendar of family lawyers in England and Wales, but increasingly family law crosses jurisdictional borders. Families in the 21st century have kinship, cultural and financial links that span the globe. When cross-border problems arise, lawyers must know how to resolve the conflicts created by jurisdictional and ethical differences before they can begin to help their clients.

Stepmothers Learn to Navigate New Waters

Courtesy of J.M. Craig Press, Inc.
Custody evaluators generally ask step parents to be included in their evaluations since they can have a significant impact on children's well being. This is the first study we have seen that examines the characteristics of successful stepmothers.

Court ADR Resource Center

The Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems (CAADRS) changed its name and introduced expanded online services that will enhance the Chicago non-profit's capacity for court ADR information. CAADRS is now Resolution Systems Institute (RSI), with a new online home at RSI launched a completely renovated version of its Court ADR Resource Center at Originally launched in 2001 on the CAADRS Web site, the Resource Center has become the most comprehensive and respected court ADR information source available. The new site offers new resources, updated articles and research materials, and easier navigation.
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