Q: What is FDRIO?
The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit that seeks to enhance the family dispute resolution profession and also to increase public awareness in Ontario about the many FDR options.
Q: Who are its members?
FDRIO unites FDR professionals for the first time. FDRIO also unites professionals from across the province. FDRIO’s members are a wide array of individuals providing family dispute resolution services. Many are private professionals, such as mediators, arbitrators, financial professionals, parenting coordinators, coaches and consultants, collaborative practitioners, therapists/assessors, child and family specialists and elder/estates specialists. Others work in court-connected FDR processes, including as family information and mediation service providers, Dispute Resolution Officers, and family court support workers, etc.
Many FDR professionals provide services or expertise to help families in a variety of processes. Hence, the value for FDRIO’s members is to belong to a single organization that meets as many of their diverse professional needs as possible.
Q: What are the member benefits?
For our first year, we are offering a discounted membership fee to reflect the fact that our organization is new. By joining FDRIO, you have the benefit of meeting and networking with like-minded FDR Professionals from all areas of practice.
You can contribute to your profession in a meaningful and lasting way. You can belong to as many sections as you wish for no added fee. By joining a section, you have the opportunity to shape the evolving standards of practice in your field. You can participate in our first annual conference at a membership rate. You can get involved with organizing events for Ontario's first-ever Family Dispute Resolution Week.
As we grow and establish our presence and role, the benefits for our members will become more tangible, including the ability to become certified by a single organization as a Family Dispute Resolution Professional in as many areas in which you work.
Q: What will FDRIO do?
(a) FDRIO Sections will develop standards of practice, training and credentialing for as many FDR processes as is feasible and practical. The Sections will work together to harmonize the process for credentialing among themselves.
(b) FDRIO will work with other FDR organizations whenever possible to share resources, collaborate on issues of training, harmonize standards and offer reciprocal recognition of certification.
(c) FDRIO will provide information and education to the public to enhance public awareness of the many FDR process options available and the differences among them through events such as Family Dispute Resolution Week. One of the goals of FDRIO is to promote and normalize for the public what are currently known as “alternative” dispute resolution processes, so that these FDR processes become the standard for appropriate cases, with litigation being the “alternative” for those cases requiring judicial intervention and oversight.
d) FDRIO will provide professional networking and education opportunities for its members through its annual conference, conferences and events co-sponsored with other organizations for FDR professionals.
(e) FDRIO will provide a single, united voice of advocacy on behalf of families from the many forms of FDR services its members provide.