October 6, 2016

Restorative Facilitation Services

Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP)

     The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) works with both the victim and the offender to identify how crime affected the victim, and what steps the offender can take to begin to make things right.

This requires a new conversation—one that involves both the offender and the victim.

This opportunity for dialogue may:

  • Allow victims to ask questions about why the offense was committed and to tell the offender how it affected them.
  • Give offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions by taking steps to address the harm they caused.
  • Be a face-to-face meeting between the victim and offender
  • Or it may be facilitated indirectly by VORP staff.

One outcome of the VORP conversation is a contract that identifies how the offender will make reparation for their actions.  This contract may include:

  • Monetary restitution for financial losses.
  • Community service.
  • A letter of apology
  • Some other meaningful steps the offender can take to address the impact of their actions.

For More Information, Contact:

Anne Lehman, VORP Coordinator

(574) 295-6149 ext. 241


Community Mediation

The Community Mediation Program (CMP) works throughout Elkhart County by  providing mediation services to those in conflict.  This is an opportunity for parties to directly work through their disputes together, thereby promoting positive community interaction.

What types of cases are referred to community  mediation?

  • Landlord/Tenant conflicts
  • Client/Business conflicts
  • Neighborhood disputes
  • Employer/Employee disputes
  • Multi-party and Group conflicts

 Truancy Mediation

Truancy mediation is a place where parents and schools come together to address any  issues around a student’s truant behavior.  This  is an opportunity to promote open and      productive communication between the schools, parents and students thereby building stronger relationships between the schools and local community.

Civil Mediation

Mediators are available to provide mediation in Small Claims Court for Elkhart County Superior Courts V and VI.  This opportunity is made available for the parties in conflict to negotiate a contract directly through the use of a neutral third party.

For More Information, Contact:

 Kelly Sauder Neff, CMP Coordinator

(574) 295-6149 ext. 251


Family Mediation

Families reflect the unique qualities of each individual member. Each of those qualities contributes to the complexity of family relationships.

Life is often stressful and challenging, placing strain on families. The strain may cause conflict in family relationships, possibly breaking the family apart. This is often a crisis for the family members, including children, moms, dads, siblings and grandparents.

Decisions about parenting time, education and insurance are often made at a time when there may be anxiety,

mistrust, insecurity, and anger.

The Family Mediation Program (FMP) began as a pilot program in cooperation with Superior Court VI and Judge David Bonfiglio in June 2008.  Mediation is provided for families who are working through issues of divorce and  custody based on a cooperative parenting model.  Mediation provides the opportunity for parents to devise a framework to resolve logistical and emotional issues that adversely impact their children.


Mediation can shape a workable and practical solution for families.

For More Information, Contact

Kelly Sauder Neff, CMP Coordinator

(574) 295-6149 ext. 251