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Parent-Adolescent Mediation FAQ
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How long does mediation take?
The number of mediation sessions needed is dependent on how fast the family wants to work together. Most families need 3-6 sessions which generally last at least an hour.

Who are the mediators?
The mediators are all trained volunteers. Parent-adolescent mediators must complete 30 hours of core mediation and parent-adolescent mediation classes and are required to take six hours of approved Continuing Mediation Training each year.

How much does it cost?
A grant from the United Way of Greater Topeka allows the Parent-Adolescent Mediation program to offer services for a nominal fee.

Is mediation successful?
Yes. Parent-adolescent mediation has been offered in the Topeka area since 1987. In the past six years, more than 80% of the families served achieved successful agreements. An overwhelming 83% of participating teens believe they communicate better; and most keep their agreements for long periods - up to 42 weeks. Moreover, research shows that parents and teens develop the tools to be able to handle their own negotiations later.
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