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Juvenile Diversion Program

The Dayton Mediation Center has a program in partnership with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court that allows juveniles who have been charged with a variety of offenses to be referred to mediation. If the juvenile defendant and the complainant both agree to participate in mediation and reach an agreement, the case is dismissed and is dismissed by the Juvenile Court with no further action taken against the juvenile offender.


Scheduling a Mediation

Juveniles who are eligible for this program will be contacted by the Mediation Center through the mail. Once contacted, they must call the center at 937-333-2368 to schedule the mediation. During that conversation, they will have the opportunity to talk with a case manager to discuss services. A mediation specialist will listen to the concerns you have about your situation and answer your questions. The staff will work with everyone involved to find an agreeable time and date for your mediation.

Preparing for Mediation

To prepare in advance, think about what would be helpful to have to discuss your situation. If there are specific materials or examples that would add to an explanation, you can bring those items to your mediation.

In addition, before your mediation conversation, it may be helpful to think about the following questions:

  1. What’s the hardest part of this situation for you?

  2. What do you want the other person(s) to understand about you that might help in resolving matters for him/her?

  3. If you could only have one thing come out of your conversation, what would that be?

  4. What are you willing to do to help that happen?

  5. What, if anything, do you want to understand about the other person?

  6. When you start your conversation, do you want to say anything about:

    • The content of your conversation: specific topics to discuss/not to discuss?

    • How you will talk with each other: guidelines or ground rules for your conversation?

    • How much time you want to spend for your conversation and/or if another session is needed?

  7. How confidential do you want/need your conversation with each other to be?

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