The mediation model advocated and employed by the Network is that put forward in the Wrocław Declaration from 2007. It involves a team of co-mediators, a man and a woman, one from each of the countries as the parents and one with a legal, the other with a psychosocial or educational background. Experience has shown that when the mediators reflect the couple’s cultural and language make-up as well as the complexities of the legal situation, the parents feel innately understood and are more likely to come to a joint solution. A further requirement in abduction proceedings is the mediators’ ability and willingness to take on cases at short notice and if need be to travel to another city or country.


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REGISTER: Cross-Border Family Mediation Training (CBFM) on 22-28 September 2019 in Berlin, Germany
This 50-hour advanced training course aims to qualify practicing family mediators to mediate cross-border family disputes, including international child abduction, access and custody cases. The course will cover the relevant legal aspects of international family conflicts, differences in national family legislation, the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions, the Brussels II bis Regulation as well as the...



VOICE – project
Recent research (Bouncing Back; ensuring the wellbeing of children in case of international child abduction, 2017) has shown that children were positive about the possibility of being heard.



Family mediation: a successful solution in child abduction cases
Today marks the beginning of International Mediation Week which aims to promote the importance of family mediation in parental abduction cases. Despite its success rate, mediation remains a solution that is not sufficiently used in Europe.