For the purpose of settling international conflicts involving parents and children (in connection with proceedings acc. to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction [HCA] and with regard to access arrangements of bi-national parents and children), the BAFM had been in charge, since 2002, of a network of mediators who, apart from a professional mediation training, can rely on international experience which includes a particular command of foreign languages. For this purpose, the BAFM has developed special principles of further training. Owing to the problematic nature of the issues involved, a special knowledge of highly escalating separation cases is a prerequisite for all mediators who, before cooperating in the project (now MiKK), must have attended at least one further training course in the context of mediating international conflicts involving parents and children.
Since 2007, this project has been carried out by the Bundes-Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Familien-Mediation (BAFM) [Federal Association for Family Mediation] and by the Bundesverband Mediation (BM) [Federal Mediation Association]. In July 2008 the BAFM and the BM finally founded the association MiKK e.V. (International Mediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction). Please visit MiKK´s website for detailed information.
The list of internationally operating family mediators who work in the field of cross border parental child abduction as well as in international custody and access cases you find at the MiKK homepage.