Basic Projects

Mediation in Child Protection Cases 

In September 2014, UT applied for a grant to help determine the best practices and cost-effectiveness of mediation in Travis County, Texas. This project also aimed to develop a cost formula and to provide a research framework and questions that can be used by other counties in Texas.


One goal of the project was to determine the costs of mediation compared to the full costs associated with cases that are resolved prior to mediation, at mediation, and at trial and to include costs paid by the courts and DFPS to handle the case, in addition to the cost of mediation, foster care placement, and other related services. 


The result will be an evidence-based analysis of best practices in mediation, whether mediation in child protection cases is more cost effective than going to trial without mediation, and whether mediation can be associated with a shorter time to permanency and case resolution.

Cost Analysis of Mediation in Travis County Family Court

Child Protection Mediation in Texas: Past, Present, and Future. University of Texas School of Law, Mediation Clinic, March 2010

Report Summary: Child Protection Mediation in Texas: Past, Present, and Future. University of Texas School of Law, Mediation Clinic, April 2010

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   Physical Address
    Children’s Commission
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, TX 78701
   Mailing Address
    Children’s Commission
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
Phone
Main: 
(512) 463-5384
Fax: 
(512) 463-8895
Email:  children@txcourts.gov