What do we do?
Divorce and Family Disputes Mediation
A process wherein the parties meet with a mutually selected impartial and neutral person who assists them in the negotiation of their differences including, but is not limited to, the care and contact of minor children.
Supervised Contact and Visitation
The Supervision of contact between parent and child, most often for the purposes of Reunification and or Attachment Observation.
Traumatic Incident Reduction Counselling
TIR is a form of Counselling, that helps desensitise painful experiences and reduce or eliminate the negative impact of traumatic, overwhelming events.
Counselling and Therapy
Primary Prevention Programmes uniquely designed to support healthy behavior in the Workplace.
Family Strengthening Workshops
I am a devoted Christian, Wife and Mother and I believe my sense of self, is shaped through my relationship with others, much like the African philosophy of UBUNTU, ’I am, because you are’. As a Child and Family Therapist, I consider the holistic well being of families, this means my interventions are characterised by the belief, that the parts of something are intimately connected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
I’ve been in private practice for just over four years now. Alongside this, I have a demonstrated history of working in Government, NGO and Higher Education Sector. The core focus of Centre for Care and Contact, is in the area of Mediation Services, including divorce mediation and family disputes and also includes therapy and counselling services.
I spend a lot of my free time doing Motivational Talks, Radio Interviews and I find my passion in Pioneering and Facilitating Community Development Programmes.
As an Independent Social Worker and Mediator, Centre for Care and Contact is committed, to providing the highest level of quality service and ensuring that fees are affordable and attainable for all.
Date: 4th June 2021
Centre for Care and Contact presents a virtual seminar on 4th June 2021, to commemorate National Child Protection Week.
National Child Protection Week is commemorated in our Country annually, to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in our Constitution.
Children in South Africa live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation that we as adults have.
A 2020 report from Stats SA suggests that 60% of children are multidimensionally poor.
The 2016 Optimus Foundation study conducted among 15 -17-year-olds revealed that 40% of these young people had experienced neglect and abuse of various types at some point in their lives.
“It is cliché to say that children are the future, but if this is their present, what does the future hold for them? Finding the answer may not be as difficult if one considers that we are presently living with the children who were touted to be the future a couple of decades ago.” (IOL)
If everyone did their part to create a safe space for children, it could lead to a country where empowered children are indeed the future.
This week Friday, in honor of Child Profection week, Centre for Care and Contact will be hosting an online virtual seminar. If you’re a parent, community leader, or just someone interested in joining the conversation, then follow the link below on Friday 4th June 2021 at 12:00.
We’ve invited experts who will explore the five P’s of child protection; Prevention, Paramountcy, Partnership, Protection and Parental Responsibility.
You don’t want to miss it! Over the course of the week we will share short bio’s of the panel of speakers!
Follow the event information below and just click on this link to join the seminar on Friday 4th June at 12:00!
Please note that the seminar session is recorded and will be available for public viewing on different media platforms. By clicking to join the seminar you provide consent for the distribution and viewing of the live seminar recording by the Care and Contact Centre.
Elvera Swarts – Social Worker
Psychologist, Kevin Henderson
Rev Dr LLM Mac Master
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation involves families in conflict working out arrangements for themselves and their children with the help of neutral and skilled mediators. The aim of mediation is to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable to the parties within the broad range of that which a court would be likely to approve.
HOW LONG DOES MEDIATION TAKE?
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE BROUGHT TO MEDIATION?
* Arrangements which concern the children, such as drawing up a parenting plan which would include contact and care arrangements.
* Maintenance – child and spousal
* Property and financial matters.
The mediator/s help couples resolve the legal and financial issues as well as reach an agreement regarding arrangements for the children. The mediation process enables the couple to reach a lasting agreement and avoids the polarisation and hostility often caused by the divorce/separation.
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