Welcome

Florida AFCC is an extension of the international organization of AFCC, an association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

 

To visit the International AFCC's web site www.afccnet.org

Florida AFCC members will come together at conferences in our state and join in the international conferences and training programs to create a unique opportunity to belong to a worldwide network of professionals and to participate in an international exchange of information and expertise. AFCC members are committed to developing and refining innovative techniques to assist families in resolving their disputes, including:

  • Custody and Divorce Mediation
  • Parent Education
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Litigation
  • Parent Coordination
  • Child Protection and Dependency Mediation
  • Custody and Divorce Mediation
  • Parent Education
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Litigation
  • Parent Coordination
  • Child Protection and Dependency Mediation

News and Events

ELDERCARING COORDINATION: A New Conflict Resolution Concept

In March 2013, FLAFCC actuated a Task Force Co-Chaired by former AFCC and FLAFCC President Linda Fieldstone, who is the Director of Family Court Services in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, and Hon. Michelle T. Morley, Circuit Judge from the Fifth Circuit. The Task Force, composed of 20 statewide organizations or entities, and an Advisory Committee of experts in related areas, was charged with developing “eldercaring coordination” as a dispute resolution option specifically for those high conflict guardianship and mental health cases that include issues related to the care, safety and needs of elders. Modeled after parenting coordination, eldercaring coordination will focus on reducing the level of conflict so that family members and stakeholders are better able to focus more productively on the issues at hand concerning the elder. Rather than litigating with one another, family energy and resources will focus on respecting the needs, wishes and autonomy of the elder who is losing capacity to care for her or himself.


The FLAFCC Task Force on Eldercaring Coordination has now completed Phase One of the project it was assigned. Eldercaring Coordination Guidelines including a definition of eldercaring coordination, qualifications for eldercaring coordinators, ethical guidelines, a grievance procedure, and a template for court pilot projects are available here. Phase Two involves disseminating information about the concept of eldercaring coordination, training potential eldercaring coordinators, initiating pilot eldercaring coordination projects in circuit courts throughout Florida, and collecting and analyzing data from those pilot projects. The FLAFCC Task Force on Eldercaring Coordination will have the benefit of nationally recognized researchers from Virginia Tech, the National Council of State Courts, AARP, and Smith Universities to assimilate and analyze that data.


The Task Force has begun to reach out to guardianship and mental health judges throughout the state for potential hosts of the pilot court projects for eldercaring coordination. It is not anticipated that serving as a pilot project site will involve a noticeable time commitment by the judiciary or their staff. Support for court staff designated as Liaison to the Pilot Project will be available to the pilot project sites, too. The Task Force is also seeking trainees in the eldercaring coordination process. Ideally, there will be at least six cases referred to eldercaring coordination in each pilot project circuit. Therefore, at least three eldercaring coordinators will be needed specifically in those circuits, but trainees are welcome from throughout the state because it is hoped that some will be adventurous enough to bring the concept to circuits that are not acting as pilot project sites.


If you have questions, would like to be on the mailing list for training as an Eldercaring Coordinator, or would like your Circuit to be a pilot project site, please contact the Task Force co-chairs: For more information on Eldercaring Coordination, click here. For information on upcoming project sites, click here.

 

Linda Fieldstone, M.Ed.

Supervisor Family Court Services

Tel.: 305-349-5589 Fax: 305-349-5634
Lfieldstone@jud11.flcourts.org

The Honorable Michelle Morley
Circuit Judge
Tel.: 352-569-6960 Fax: 352-569-6961 Mmorley@circuit5.org

Also, please contact them if your Circuit would be willing to host a pilot court project to offer eldercaring coordination to the families in your community. The implementation of the court pilot project is expected to begin late in the summer of 2015 to allow time for training of eldercaring coordinators identified in your area.”

 

 

Coming Soon

REVISED EDITION: Empirically Based Parenting Plans: What Professionals Need to Know.

 

In 2009, the FLAFCC Parenting Plan Task Force, under the leadership of Debra K. Carter, Ph.D., brought you the first complete curriculum for professionals interested in the parenting coordination process. The curriculum has been a perennial best seller for those who have wanted to know everything there is to know about parenting coordination in Florida. Now, the curriculum has been revised and updated and will soon be available for purchase. The 2009 Bench Book was always available for free as a download from this website. The new Bench and Bar Book, which was prepared under the leadership of the Honorable Diana L. Moreland (12th Circuit) is available now. FLAFCC thanks Dr. Carter, Judge Moreland and the entire Task Force for the many hours of work they have dedicated to making the Second Edition of the curriculum just as "cutting edge" as the First."


To download the 2014 Bench Bar Book, click the image.


To order the original curriculum, click here and provide your contact information.