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.
We have two categories of membership: those with the FDRP Professional Designation and those without it. Our members with Certified Specialist designations in family mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination are bound by our Standards of Practice & Guidelines for Screening for Power Imbalances and Domestic Violence, and subject to our Complaints process. Other members are expected to follow our Standards of Practice and Screening Guidelines, but are not subject to our Complaints Policy.
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.
(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 including Guidelines for Screening for Power Imbalances and Domestic Violence, for the benefit of our members and the public. 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.