Eldercaring Coordination is a dispute resolution process, modeled after the concept of Parenting Coordination, for high conflict families regarding the care and safety of elders. Specially trained Eldercaring Coordinators (ECs) help manage high conflict family dynamics so the elder, family and stakeholders can address nonlegal issues independently from the court, reducing further adversarial court actions. Five states are currently piloting the Eldercaring Coordination Initiative. Preliminary research will be presented, as well as benefits observed and challenges faced in bringing this innovation to the court and legal community.
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Linda Fieldstone, MEd., is former Supervisor of Family Court Services, where she worked for 26 years within the 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida. She recently brought her conflict resolutions services directly to the community, assisting families before, during or after court processes. Ms. Fieldstone is Past-President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and its Florida Chapter (FLAFCC). She was Secretary of the AFCC Task Force on Parenting Coordination, which provided Guidelines for Parenting Coordination in 2005. Ms. Fieldstone has been involved in research involving parenting coordination, provided numerous trainings on high conflict families and the court, consulted on court services implementation to international program providers, and written articles on those subjects. Most recently, she initiated the creation of the ACR and FLAFCC Task Forces on Eldercaring Coordination, a groundbreaking collaboration, which used the Parenting Coordination model to develop a process to benefit elders involved with high conflict families; five states including Florida are currently piloting the project.