Since 1982, the OAFM has offered Ontario’s families a better way.
We accredit and support mediators in Ontario to promote family mediation as the first choice for families in conflict.
Our Accredited Mediator designation is at the root of Family Mediation in Ontario.
Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) enforces the Standards and Code of Ethics for Accredited Family, Child Protection and Intergenerational Mediators. OAFM maintains a roster of accredited members and ensures that through the use of an Accredited Mediator, the public can confidently rely on the mediation services they receive.
OAFM creates standards for and approves all training and supervised practical experience that provides a pathway to accreditation. Associate and Accredited Family Mediators are supported in their ongoing education and professional development during their careers. Trainers are supported in the sharing of best practices to ensure that all education maintains a high standard.
By promoting family mediation and public awareness, OAFM prepares families to understand the impact of conflict and complex relationships and how to effectively select and utilize constructive dispute resolution options. In doing so, more families will have access to mediation as an efficient way to resolve their differences, minimizing the financial and emotional costs that are caused by escalating conflict. By leaving personal decision making in the capable hands of each individual, adherence to solutions is increased and families are empowered to continue to support each other, even during challenging times.
Family Mediation has been demonstrated by research to be effective for families experiencing conflict. It is affordable and timely, and preserves relationships where possible. Our members come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines but share a common goal of putting families first.
We promote and govern the professionalism within the family mediation community by granting accreditation to family mediators who have completed a rigorous program of education, training and internship. Our AccFM (OAFM) designation is sanctioned by the Ontario provincial government.
We are the premiere organization that has led the way in defining and upholding the core principles of Family Mediation.
Unlike other forms of mediation, Family Mediation requires a nuanced understanding of conflict resolution theory and practice, psychology, interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, family law, child welfare and protection. Accredited Family, Elder and Child Protection Mediators have the expertise to approach emotionally charged situations, screen for safety, objectively assess points of conflict, and facilitate balanced settlements for the participants. We strive to provide the best education, training and support to practitioners while serving as a resource and directory for the families of Ontario.