The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit that seeks to support and enhance the family dispute resolution profession and to increase public awareness about the many FDR options available to them, including those that are free or subsidized by the Ontario government.
FDRIO is a professional organization that supports all FDR professionals, across the province. FDRIO’s members provide a diverse array of family dispute resolution services. Many are in private practice, including 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.
Most of our members 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.
FDRIO has a Board of Directors (13) who are elected for 2 or 3 year terms at staggered intervals at our Annual General Meeting. The Board has an Executive consisting of the Chair, Vice-Chair(s), Past Chair, Finance Chair and Secretary. The Board creates committees from time to time as needed, which meet regularly and report to the Board. FDRIO also has numerous sections which meet from time to time as needed to develop policies and initiatives and share fellowship. As ours is a volunteer managed not-for- profit, we encourage FDRIO members to volunteer for our committees, conference and FDRweek.
(a) Our Sections develop standards of practice, training and certification for as many FDR processes as is feasible and practical. We have created a comprehensive set of Standards of Practice for the benefit of our members. The Sections work together to harmonize the process for certification to simplify training and certification processes for all FDR professionals.
(b) We focus on finding and offering opportunities and benefits to our members. Our commitment is to provide meaningful designations, professional guidance, training, effective business networking opportunities and professional liability insurance, along with a top notch annual conference and FDRweek.
(c) FDRIO is committed to growing the FDR field, for the benefit of our membership and the pubic. We believe that high quality FDR services offer some solutions to the challenges many face in accessing affordable family law help.
(d) We seek to work with other FDR organizations to share resources, collaborate on issues of training, harmonize standards and offer reciprocal recognition of certification. We seek to co-sponsor events with other ADR organizations to the benefit of our mutual membership.
(c) FDRIO provides 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 FDRIO’s goals 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.
(e) FDRIO will provide effective and powerful advocacy for the interests of our members, and for all FDR processes, whenever possible.
- Harmonized training and certification standards
- Progressive Standards of Practice for FDR Professionals
- Discounted entry to our conference and unconference
- Networking with a wide range of professional colleagues
- Marketing opportunities through our members portal
- Free webinars for members
- The opportunity to volunteer and contribute to your evolving profession
- Opportunity to participate in sections, committees and the board of directors
- Transparent and accessible standards for required training
- Affordable and accessible course approvals process for trainers
FDRIO seeks cooperative, collaborative, strong working relationships with all FDR organizations. FDRIO will seek to discuss and negotiate mutually beneficial and successful relationships with each of the related FDR organizations as they and we evolve.
FDRIO professionals largely provide services that are alternatives to the litigation process. However, many FDRIO members provide FDR services that are in court, are court-connected or support the work of the courts. While the main focus of FDRIO’s efforts and advocacy will be FDR processes that do not include judicial determinations, and to empower families to make the best procedural choices for their unique circumstances, FDRIO recognizes the critical importance of well-funded and well-structured court processes. FDRIO supports the expansion of Unified Family Courts across the province.