WA AFCC Mission Statement
Chapter shall carry out the mission of AFCC at the local level. The Chapter’s
mission shall be consistent with that of AFCC and as expressed in these Bylaws.
The mission of WA AFCC is as follows: AFCC is an interdisciplinary,
international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of
children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
WA AFCC is part of that larger
organization and promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of
children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging
education, research and innovation and identifying evidence-based practices. Its
membership includes judges, lawyers, mediators, evaluators, mental health
professionals, academics, researchers, court administrators, and public policy
AFCC is a 501c3 organization that is registered in the State of Washington as a
charitable educational community organization. Please consider donating here
using the PayPal link in order to assist us in our efforts to help children and
families in times of crisis. Your donation assists us in serving to train those who work with families in the court system. We thank you for your kind
Information about the Washington Chapter, feel free to contact our current
President, Stacy Heard, J.D.
information may be found on the Leadership Tab or Contact Us Tab
We are Making
Plans for our Sixth Annual WA AFCC Conference which will be held Saturday, March
Come in All Sizes and Forms..."
We have secured
two outstanding plenary speakers:
Dr. Marsha Kline
the Young Child : Parenting Plans that Stimulate Growth
Bill Eddy, J.D.,
Plans with Difficult People
Program includes your choice amongst two sets of 90-minutes workshops (A,B, or
C; D,E, or F)
A: Pragmatics of a Developmental
Systems Approach to Parenting Plans: Panel Discussion (Daniel Rybicki,Psy.D.,
Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L, and Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.)
B: Attorney and Parenting
Evaluator: Collaboration to Best Serve the Modern Family (Jennifer Wheeler,
Ph.D. and Stacy Heard, J.D.)
C: Resolving and Evolving:
Helping Families with an Effective Professional Team (Justin Sedell, J.D.)
D: Unsolvable Problems:
Relocation in the 21st Century (Douglas Becker, J.D.)
E: Protecting Children From
Conflict (Alyson Jones, MA, RCC)
F: Same-Sex Parenting: Legal
Questions, Research Needs an Practical Solutions (Wendy Hutchins-Cook,
Ph.D., Naomi Oderberg, Ph.D., Joseph Shaub, J.D., LMFT, and Frances Kevetter,
There are plans
for a Meet the Speakers social hour and Silent Auction.
We held our Fifth Annual Conference on Saturday, March
7th, 2015 at the Washington Athletic Club
Parenting Predicaments: Washington's Policy
and Practice Concerns
included presentations by several top experts in the field. Among these notable
presenters were attorney J.
Herbie DiFonzo, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law at Hofstra
University and author of two books including Beneath the Fault Line: The
Popular and Legal Culture of Divorce in 20th Century America. He is the
co-reporter and editor of the AFCC special issue on Shared Parenting which
emerged from the AFCC Think Tank (Family Court Review, April 2014). He spoke on Shared
Parenting in the 21st Century.
presentations included Dr. Mindy Mitnick, Ed.D., M.A.
who discussed the Special Needs of Never Married Parents.
We also heard from Christine Coates, J.D.,
a renowned expert on Parenting Coordination, Mediation, High Conflict and ADR
who presented on Parenting Coordination and Other Innovations for High
(Mindy Mitnick, Left; Christine Coastes,
Afternoon sessions included speakers such as Dr. Carl McCurley, Manager of the WA State Center for Court Research
who has published data on the Residential Time Patterns in Washington
cases. He discussed the updated summary of those results. We also heard
from local attorney, Paul Battan, J.D.
who described the Interface between Family Law and Criminal
Law. And rounding out the sessions was a panel presentation by Alyson Jones, M.A., et al
from Vancouver, BC entitled Moving Families Forward: A
Coordinated Re-Unification Response to Parental Alienation, Estrangement, and
(Dr. Carl McCurley, left; Paul Battan, J.D.,
middle, Alyson Jones, M.A., et all, right)
exciting training was followed by a wonderful evening of networking and social
exchange with speakers and colleagues.
Included a Membership and Networking Luncheon and we had the benefit of an
outstanding registration team and a local bookstore to provide immediate access
to relevant publications.
Materials are still available at the following link
and MP3 recordings of Conference Sessions are
at the following link