Parenting Coordination

Parenting Coordination

"Good parents don't have to live in the same house. They just have to be willing to put their children's needs before their own need to be angry at each other."

A parenting coordinator (PC) or parenting facilitator (PF) can be appointed during a court hearing or by agreement in court orders.

​"You are warriors for the kids you represent." -Former client of Dr. Baker 

The benefits of a parenting coordinator are:

• Less costly than legal fees and court action
• Reduces the negative affects of divorce on the children
• Teaches skills that enhance personal and professional relationships

A parenting coordinator works with parents in an effort to:

• Improve communication
• Prevent the escalation of conflict
• Teach cooperative parenting skills
• Resolve disagreements
• Monitor compliance with court orders
• Uphold the Children's Bill of Rights

Services provided by parenting coordinators:

• Mediate conflict
• Teach appropriate communication skills
• Set up required protocol for communication
• Establish/maintain healthy parental boundaries
• Make recommendations for mental health services
• Create or follow parenting plans
• Make decisions for parents when they reach an impasse in negation (refers to non-legal matters)

The parenting coordinator will identify issues and determine services needed by:

• Interviewing the parents
• Reading legal documents
• Consulting with other professionals who have worked with the family
• Speaking with the children (optional)

The primary goals of a parenting coordinator are:

• To decrease the likelihood that parental conflict will negatively affect children
• To decrease the likelihood that parental conflict will lead to additional and/or chronic legal action
• To provide a non-threatening forum where parents can release resentments and learn to parent cooperatively
(PCs do not testify in court). Parent Facilitators do.

A parenting coordinator is NOT a/an:

• Counselor
• Lawyer
• Expert Witness
• Guardian Ad Litem