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, David Hodges, M.A. 

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


We Recently 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 will be held in Seattle in June 2016, we will be providing a one-day institute as part of that program. 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)

AFCC 52nd Annual Conference

Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes. Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana -- May 27-30, 2015

AFCC Regional Conference

Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening to the Voice of the Child. Hyatt Regency Columbus, Ohio -- November 5-7, 2015

AFCC 53rd Annual Conference in Seattle (Mark Your Calendar Now)

Seattle Sheraton Hotel, June 1-4, 2016


link to AFCC for more info

Other Local Training Events of Interest

None Currently Listed




 President:  David Hodges, M.A.   davidhodgesma@comcast.net
Conference Coordinator: Daniel Rybicki, Psy.D. info@wa-afcc.net

(253) 509-0922 phone/fax

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