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  • Michelle MacDonald, Tom Shimota, Louisa Hext, Janice Grenadier, Dawn and Brian Nelson and are at the national association of community and restorative justice conference in Denver, Colorado, educating and learning with 1600 others about restorative services in our communities, including family, churches, schools, prisons. Check out : Www.NACRJ.org Call Michelle at 612-554-0932 for more information See photos from the event: Print PDF

    National Association of Community and Restorative Justice conference

    Michelle MacDonald, Tom Shimota, Louisa Hext, Janice Grenadier, Dawn and Brian Nelson and are at the national association of community and restorative justice conference in Denver, Colorado, educating and learning with 1600 others about restorative services in our communities, including family, churches, schools, prisons. Check out : Www.NACRJ.org Call Michelle at 612-554-0932 for more information See photos from the event: Print PDF

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  • May 2019 come with an era full of new ideas, a time that is full of Hopes and Blessings that will make our lives better. For those who have had it bad may this new year take them to good place or event better, for those who were blessed and had it good, continue to bless them even better. May 2019 give strength to those who may face any special challenges life brings and the […]

    Happy 2019!

    May 2019 come with an era full of new ideas, a time that is full of Hopes and Blessings that will make our lives better. For those who have had it bad may this new year take them to good place or event better, for those who were blessed and had it good, continue to bless them even better. May 2019 give strength to those who may face any special challenges life brings and the […]

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  • It’s what I’ve been saying all along… Here is a video  explaining Restorative Justice. Traditional forms of achieving “justice” are counterproductive. Let’s implement restorative justice in our homes and families starting now!”—–Michelle MacDonald Media Center for Non-Violence   https://mettacenter.org/restorative-justice-animation-resources   The Metta Center for Non-Violence is a non-profit organization that encourages people in all walks of life to discover their innate capacity for nonviolence and to use its power strategically for the long-term transformation of […]

    Here is a video  explaining Restorative Justice

    It’s what I’ve been saying all along… Here is a video  explaining Restorative Justice. Traditional forms of achieving “justice” are counterproductive. Let’s implement restorative justice in our homes and families starting now!”—–Michelle MacDonald Media Center for Non-Violence   https://mettacenter.org/restorative-justice-animation-resources   The Metta Center for Non-Violence is a non-profit organization that encourages people in all walks of life to discover their innate capacity for nonviolence and to use its power strategically for the long-term transformation of […]

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  • Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11, 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices coming to St. Paul.   Hello. It’s Michelle MacDonald! Our family culture seems to go from conflict to attorneys and court. Either that, or they  dwell in conflict.  But there is a better way used around the country and the world.  I call it an authentic, holistic and organic justice —–that can happen before lawyers and courts are ever involved. There is […]

    Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11

    Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11, 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices coming to St. Paul.   Hello. It’s Michelle MacDonald! Our family culture seems to go from conflict to attorneys and court. Either that, or they  dwell in conflict.  But there is a better way used around the country and the world.  I call it an authentic, holistic and organic justice —–that can happen before lawyers and courts are ever involved. There is […]

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  • Attorney Michelle MacDonald,  Barb Zorn and David Bradshaw are the group of  lawyers, judges, mediators, mental-health professionals, former Minnesota legislators, and lay-people that have been meeting twice a month for over two years conceptualizing and fine-tuning the Cooperative Private Divorce process, now in it’s final stage. The Family Innocence Process (“FIP”) cooperates perfectly with the  Cooperative Private Divorce process, as we educate family members to avoid court, participate in Family Circles, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution , and go to court only […]

    At Last, Family Innocence Friendly Legislation – Divorce Without Courts coming soon

    Attorney Michelle MacDonald,  Barb Zorn and David Bradshaw are the group of  lawyers, judges, mediators, mental-health professionals, former Minnesota legislators, and lay-people that have been meeting twice a month for over two years conceptualizing and fine-tuning the Cooperative Private Divorce process, now in it’s final stage. The Family Innocence Process (“FIP”) cooperates perfectly with the  Cooperative Private Divorce process, as we educate family members to avoid court, participate in Family Circles, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution , and go to court only […]

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  • At last – Family Innocence Friendly Legislation.  The current system assumes an adversarial posture. It needn’t be that way. Check out this editorial by (Judge) Bruce Peterson, and William Doherty   (Couples on the Brink Project)   http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/296649391.html State Rep. John Lesch and state Sen. Sandy Pappas recently introduced a “cooperative private divorce” bill that creates an administrative pathway to divorce that skips the court system. If most divorces settle out of court and people […]

    Divorce without court: A helpful reform

    At last – Family Innocence Friendly Legislation.  The current system assumes an adversarial posture. It needn’t be that way. Check out this editorial by (Judge) Bruce Peterson, and William Doherty   (Couples on the Brink Project)   http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/296649391.html State Rep. John Lesch and state Sen. Sandy Pappas recently introduced a “cooperative private divorce” bill that creates an administrative pathway to divorce that skips the court system. If most divorces settle out of court and people […]

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  •   Joshua Hare was homeless, and in legal trouble, when Michelle Lowney MacDonald’s daughter brought him home one Sunday telling him, “My mom can help”. Michelle recognized Joshua from Choir, and asked what happened to his song bird voice. By the time they finished discussing his case, Joshua was singing harmony in the kitchen for Michelle’s husband, Thomas, and offered to put music to words for Family Innocence. Joshua borrowed a pink guitar, from when […]

    Family Innocence Helps Kids Find Their Voice

      Joshua Hare was homeless, and in legal trouble, when Michelle Lowney MacDonald’s daughter brought him home one Sunday telling him, “My mom can help”. Michelle recognized Joshua from Choir, and asked what happened to his song bird voice. By the time they finished discussing his case, Joshua was singing harmony in the kitchen for Michelle’s husband, Thomas, and offered to put music to words for Family Innocence. Joshua borrowed a pink guitar, from when […]

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  • Article by: BRUCE PETERSON (Pictured at left: Judge Bruce Peterson…a heart as big as the world) Gov. Mark Dayton has "pocket-vetoed" the watered-down version of the joint child custody legislation promoted for the last decade and has urged the adversaries to collaborate on a bill for next year. The opposing statements that followed on this page ("Kids in the balance," June 1, and "Child-custody bill was problematic," June 13) didn’t sound especially collaborative. We may […]

    Time, perhaps, to get courts out of divorce

    Article by: BRUCE PETERSON (Pictured at left: Judge Bruce Peterson…a heart as big as the world) Gov. Mark Dayton has "pocket-vetoed" the watered-down version of the joint child custody legislation promoted for the last decade and has urged the adversaries to collaborate on a bill for next year. The opposing statements that followed on this page ("Kids in the balance," June 1, and "Child-custody bill was problematic," June 13) didn’t sound especially collaborative. We may […]

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  • If Restorative Justice Circles can resolve conflicts in communities where people  kill, beat, steal,  rape, fight, argue, lie, and totally ignore authority — it can undoubtedly transform conflict in our homes.  Of course who do you forgive more in a given day than the people you live with?  That’s why Family Innocence has implemented Restorative Justice Family Innocence Circles, to facilitate  “Soup to Nuts” conflicts in families, separated or together.  The process starts by sending  […]

    Gone Fishing – Family Innocence Reels in Champion Peacemaker, Dominic Barter

    If Restorative Justice Circles can resolve conflicts in communities where people  kill, beat, steal,  rape, fight, argue, lie, and totally ignore authority — it can undoubtedly transform conflict in our homes.  Of course who do you forgive more in a given day than the people you live with?  That’s why Family Innocence has implemented Restorative Justice Family Innocence Circles, to facilitate  “Soup to Nuts” conflicts in families, separated or together.  The process starts by sending  […]

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  • Air date: January 19, 2013 Family Innocence Defined. Join host Michelle MacDonald on Relevant Radio as she discussed what defines Family Innocence. Listen to Family Innocence Defined: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Print PDF

    Family Innocence Radio: Family Innocence Defined

    Air date: January 19, 2013 Family Innocence Defined. Join host Michelle MacDonald on Relevant Radio as she discussed what defines Family Innocence. Listen to Family Innocence Defined: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Print PDF

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