Now providing virtual services for families.
Whether by agreement or appointment, this service requires a court order signed by a judge. Parenting Facilitation, also known as case management, is a problem-solving service offered to parents raising children between homes who seek professional assistance in working together to keep their children free from the parents’ conflict. This service in not therapeutic, but instead Parenting Facilitation is a child-centered dispute resolution service that assists parents in developing and implementing workable parenting plans when they are unable to do so on their own. Our parenting facilitation process uses an education based model with Bradley S. Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE serving as the parenting facilitator and at times another professional serving as the communication coach. The parenting facilitator works to educate parents, meets jointly with both parents to develop an ongoing plan, monitors communications through Our Family Wizard, and assigns tasks for parents as needed such as homework.
The parenting facilitator's duties are limited to matters that will aid the parties in the following areas:
The Parenting Facilitator may do this by reviewing written evaluations and reports, and talking with other significant individuals involved with the family (doctors, therapists, school personnel, lawyers, etc.) The Parenting Facilitator will meet with the parents jointly, and communicate by fax, email, or ourfamilywizard.com. Home visits may be made to both parents homes. The Parenting Facilitator can write status reports to the court as needed and defined in the order, testify in court and maintain contact with other professionals, and will be present during hearings. The Parenting Facilitator may make recommendations to the parents but may not include recommendations regarding conservatorship of or possession or access to the subject child(ren).
Parenting facilitation is a non-confidential process in which all documentation is transparent. This protects the process and does not allow one parent to attempt to align the parenting facilitator "on their side" or "with their point of view" prior to the initial session. Do not e-mail or otherwise communicate with Mr. Craig regarding the history of your case, your concerns regarding the other parent, or other relevant information prior to your initial session though you are encouraged to address your concerns on your personal data form.
In order to begin services with families, the following 7 fully completed forms must be on file for each adult along with a copy of the Order and the retainers:
Please deliver each complete form (not separate pages of each form) separately via .pdf scan to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (972) 704-2912. Once all the forms are fully completed and on file by both parents and the retainers have been paid, an initial appointment letter will be sent to the parents to schedule the initial joint appointment. Sessions are held virtually between the hours of 9 to 5 M-Th. Because of the nature of high conflict families, it is important for us to maintain a written paper trail so phone calls will not be returned. If you have questions, please send questions in e-mail.
Please do not send paper copies of information as we maintain digital files. If you mail your documents, you will be charged the rate of $200.00 per hour for time spent scanning documents in to digital format so you are encouraged to fax or scan your material.
Do NOT provide further information unless requested or approved by Mr. Craig in advance.
The rate for Parenting Facilitation services is $200.00 per hour rounded up to the nearest 15 minute increment. This includes all services of the Parenting Facilitator and/or Coach including reviewing documentation, records management, meetings, correspondences, phone contact, e-mail, court time, reports, legal expenses, consultation with other professionals, deliberation, and issuance of recommendations when parents are unable to resolve issues themselves if authorized by the court. An initial retainer of $600.00 per parent is required to accept appointment, and parents must maintain a retainer of $400.00.
If a client or attorney requests a court appearance, deposition, or participation in any type of settlement conference by Mr. Craig there will be a minimum charge and deposit of eight hours at $250.00 per hour ($2000.00) per day for live attendance or a deposit of four hours at $250.00 per hour ($1000.00) for virtual attendance. If the court or both attorneys request a court appearance, deposition, or participation in any type of settlement conference by Mr. Craig, these fees are split unless otherwise addressed in the order. Once the deposit is received Mr. Craig will block of the time to appear. Such fees are due at least one week before the scheduled appearance and are nonrefundable within a week of the scheduled appearance as we must clear our schedule whether the hearing occurs or not. Please note: if an appearance request and the deposit is received without a minimum of one week (7 weekday business hours) notice the nonrefundable deposit is due immediately and there will be an additional $250.00 express charge ($2250.00) for live attendance or ($1250.00) for virtual attendance. Such fees are are nonrefundable within a week (7 weekday business hours) of the scheduled appearance as Mr. Craig must clear his schedule whether the hearing occurs or not. Failure to provide the nonrefundable deposit at least three days (72 weekday business hours Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) constitutes release from the requested appearance.