Washington Chapter


Washington AFCC is an extension of the international organization of AFCC, an association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

To visit the International AFCC's web site www.afccnet.org


The Washington AFCC is a fully Chartered Chapter in the national organization. We received that distinction in 2012.  

WA AFCC members come together at annual meetings and conferences in our state and join in the international conferences and training programs to create a unique opportunity to belong to a worldwide network of professionals and to participate in an international exchange of information and expertise. AFCC members are committed to developing and refining innovative techniques to assist families in resolving their disputes, including:

  • Custody and Divorce Mediation
  • Parent Education
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Litigation
  • Parent Coordination
  • Child Protection and Dependency Mediation
  • Judicial Settlement Conferences
  • Special Masters and Parenting Coordinators
  • Mental Health Counseling & Forensics
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Supervised Visitation

WA AFCC Mission Statement (From ByLaws)

The 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 makers.  


WA 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 consideration. 


For More Information about the Washington Chapter, feel free to contact our current President,  Stacy Heard, J.D.

Contact information may be found on the Leadership Tab or Contact Us Tab


Quick Links to Current Training Events 


Click Here to Skip to Advanced Update Title 26 GAL Training Events

 (Approved for 1.5 hr Attorney Ethics, 4.5 hours other, total of 6.0 hr CLE through WSBA)


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We are Making Plans for our Sixth Annual WA AFCC Conference which will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Program has not yet been fully developed, but our Conference Theme is: 

"Parents Come in All Sizes and Forms..."

We have secured two outstanding plenary speakers:

Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett

Parenting Plans with Very Young Children

Bill Eddy, LCSW

Parenting Plans with Difficult People

Mark Your Calendar Now and Consider Submitting a Workshop Proposal using link to Call for Presenters

Check back later for other Presenters and for Further Details

The WA AFCC is presenting two special low-cost training events for Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem

Monday, September 19th in Olympia

Advanced Training for Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem

These programs have been approved through WSBA for up to 6.0 hours of CLE (activity code 1006449)

with 1.5 hours of Attorney Ethics, 4.5 hours of other training


For Event Details, click here




We held our Fifth Annual Conference on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the Washington Athletic Club 

Shared Parenting Predicaments: Washington's Policy and Practice Concerns


Plenary sessions 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.

Other 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 Conflict Cases.

(Mindy Mitnick, Left; Christine Coastes, Right)  

Break Out 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 custody 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 High Conflict.


(Dr. Carl McCurley, left; Paul Battan, J.D., middle, Alyson Jones, M.A., et all, right)

All this exciting training was followed by a wonderful evening of networking and social exchange with speakers and colleagues. 

Our Conference 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.



Since the four-day international AFCC conference was held in Seattle in June 2016, we will resume our regular conference programs in 2017.



Conference Materials are still available at the following link

Conference Materials


CD's and MP3 recordings of Conference Sessions are 

available at the following link

Conference Recordings


See Details about Past Conferences at the Past Conference Tab 

or Follow this Link



Other AFCC Conferences of Interest

AFCC Training (details available at www.afccnet.org)



link to AFCC main page for more info

Other Local Training Events of Interest

The WA-AFCC Early Riser’s program is an informal breakfast-time education/networking series held monthly.

Each session is hosted by one or more AFCC members. A daily topic is explored with lecture and question and answer formats, with Q&A emphasized. Sessions are free, breakfast and coffee are no-host, and no CLE/CE credit is provided. Sessions are limited to 5 participants and RSVP is required. The winter-spring 2016 “Science and Techniques” series is hosted by Mark Baumann, and is open to members and non-members.

The winter-spring 2016 “Science and Techniques” series will be hosted by Mark Baumann, J.D., developer of the Integrative Client-Centered Model (ICCM) for legal counseling. The ICCM is informed largely by the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, which incorporates disciplines such as neuroscience, communication, psychology, attachment, and relationship science. 

The January 12, 2016, session will be on the Art of Listening. Subsequent session topics will be announced monthly, and may include applied mindfulness; the Polyvagal Theory: the neurobiology of fear and relationship; handling cross-examination for non-lawyers; Equipoise: the art of balancing professional distance and empathy; developing professional empathy; parent coaching and the development of coaching networks; client motivation; understanding and managing feelings and emotions; and applying attachment theory and science. 

Please RSVP, and make topic requests, to mark@icc.institute.

Schedule of Early Riser Programs:

None currently scheduled 




 President:  Stacy Hodges, J.D.   stacy@heard-law.com
Conference Coordinator: Daniel Rybicki, Psy.D. info@wa-afcc.net

(253) 509-0922 phone/fax

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