Virginia's Judicial System

New Video on Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

March 2003 Archived Resolutions Newsletter
Alert! This Video on Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect is no longer available.

The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is offering a new video, "Protecting Children: A Mandated Reporter's Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect." This videotape, which is the first of its kind in Virginia, is intended as a teaching tool for the thousands of required reporters of child abuse and neglect across the state. It provides guidance on the various forms of abuse and neglect and explores the reporting process. The videotape additionally features commentary from Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, representatives from Child Protective Services, and other experts in the field.

The VBA hopes to make the videotape available for viewing in the near future at the BVA/YLD's web site at as well as FACT's web site at Copies are available in both VHS and DVD format by contacting Video Works of Virginia, Inc., 5712 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226; phone 804-282-2003. Prices depend on the quantity ordered as follows:


Quantity Cost Per Item
Video 1 $7.00
Video 2 $5.00
Video 3-4 $4.00
Video 5 or more $3.50
DVD 1 $18.00
DVD 2-4 $16.00
DVD 5 or more $14.00




Shipping and Handling $5.00. Prices include applicable Virginia sales tax.

Early recognition and reporting are absolutely critical steps in the fight against child abuse and neglect. It is the VBA's hope that this videotape will assist mandated reporters in the fulfillment of their duties.

There is a copy of the video in the Dispute Resolution Services library, and mediators are welcome to make arrangements to view it in our offices by calling 804-786-6455.

New Family Mediation Resources Available

My Mom and Dad Are Getting a Divorceby Dr. Florence Bienenfeld (a healing book for children 4 to 12, fully illustrated, with appendices for parents, endorsed by the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, AFCC). 1st Books Library; January 2003; 124 pages; ISBN: 1-4033-2574-X (8.5X11 paperback); price $12.95/e-book $3.95. Order directly from publisher at or from ordering hotline at 888-280-7715.

Child Custody Mediation: Techniques for Mediators, Judges, Attorneys, Counselors and Parentsby Dr. Florence Bienenfeld (forward by the late Carl Whitaker, M.D.). 1st Books Library, December 2002, 140 pages, ISBN: 1-4033-7108-3 (8.5X11 paperback); price $12.95/e-book $3.95. You can order this publication through Ingram's Books in Print Database, directly from the publisher at, or from the hotline at 888-280-7715.

Reminder: Updated Mediator Profile Forms Requested

If you are a Virginia certified mediator and you have not yet submitted to the Department of Dispute Resolution Services your new Mediator Profile Form to be included in the new searchable on-line database, please do so as promptly as possible. In conjunction with the Department of Information Technology, DRS is currently designing this web directory. We are entering the new profile data into our new mediator database while simultaneously keeping the current database updated. The current database is still the source for the on-line mediator directory that has been on the court website for some time now. Once programming has been completed for the searchable directory, all information will be accessed from the new database.

To locate the most recent version of the Mediator Profile Form, click here.


The form is available as a Word document or a pdf file. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office.

This page last modified: March 26, 2003