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  • Christmas Blessings to you, and congratulations to the 24 participants in Family Innocence ‘s 6 day, 40 hour Restorative Circle Mediation Training for Family,  developed by its founder, Michelle MacDonald,  who aspires to eliminate court for families altogether.  This epic faith- based course , which implements  a peace- making dialogue,  Restorative Justice Circles and a talking piece,  isn’t just for divorcing couples: the course is designed to restore relationships through  ” be still” moments,  listening exercises,  […]

    Restorative Circle Mediators- just in time for 2020

    Christmas Blessings to you, and congratulations to the 24 participants in Family Innocence ‘s 6 day, 40 hour Restorative Circle Mediation Training for Family,  developed by its founder, Michelle MacDonald,  who aspires to eliminate court for families altogether.  This epic faith- based course , which implements  a peace- making dialogue,  Restorative Justice Circles and a talking piece,  isn’t just for divorcing couples: the course is designed to restore relationships through  ” be still” moments,  listening exercises,  […]

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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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  • Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado June 14-16, 2019 June 13 Pre-Conference Workshops   Family Innocence founder, Michelle MacDonald, an attorney, mediator and restorative circle facilitator, has agreed to coordinate the “Restorative Room” throughout the Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle event.  Michelle is a member of NACRJ, and on the national planning team.  The “Restorative Circle Mat & Guide/Talking Peace” (copyright – familycourt.com),  a peacemaking tool for facilitators and participants alike, should be available before and during […]

    Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

    Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado June 14-16, 2019 June 13 Pre-Conference Workshops   Family Innocence founder, Michelle MacDonald, an attorney, mediator and restorative circle facilitator, has agreed to coordinate the “Restorative Room” throughout the Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle event.  Michelle is a member of NACRJ, and on the national planning team.  The “Restorative Circle Mat & Guide/Talking Peace” (copyright – familycourt.com),  a peacemaking tool for facilitators and participants alike, should be available before and during […]

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  • It took attorney Michelle MacDonald 25 years to recognize that the way attorneys and courts break up families is beyond-a-reasonable-doubt objectionable. Alongside her clients, other attorneys, mediators and professionals, Michelle founded FAMILY INNOCENCE, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of the adversarial court process. Within a year of her calling to eliminate court for families, the Family Innocence Process was created, a unique model where separating or separated family members choose to participate at […]

    What is the Family Innocence Process ?

    It took attorney Michelle MacDonald 25 years to recognize that the way attorneys and courts break up families is beyond-a-reasonable-doubt objectionable. Alongside her clients, other attorneys, mediators and professionals, Michelle founded FAMILY INNOCENCE, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of the adversarial court process. Within a year of her calling to eliminate court for families, the Family Innocence Process was created, a unique model where separating or separated family members choose to participate at […]

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    Family Innocence Process (“FIP”) is a new Model

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  •   FAMILY INNOCENCE FRIENDLY LEGISLATION – Cooperative Private Divorce Watch the press conference for the Minnesota Cooperative Private Divorce Project,  held for 0945-1030 on Wednesday 4 March at the State Office Building: Here Tim Kinley, host of Speechless MN,  covered the  press conference held at the capital with John Lesch and Susan Pappas, Members of the Cooperative Private Divorce team, on bills related to the concept of “cooperative divorce”. Where couples seeking divorce can work out […]

    Minnesota Private Cooperative Divorce Is Coming

      FAMILY INNOCENCE FRIENDLY LEGISLATION – Cooperative Private Divorce Watch the press conference for the Minnesota Cooperative Private Divorce Project,  held for 0945-1030 on Wednesday 4 March at the State Office Building: Here Tim Kinley, host of Speechless MN,  covered the  press conference held at the capital with John Lesch and Susan Pappas, Members of the Cooperative Private Divorce team, on bills related to the concept of “cooperative divorce”. Where couples seeking divorce can work out […]

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  • http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/245271901.html This is important because..a non custodial parent can provide food ,clothing,shelter,transportation,medical care ,child care etc and still be charged with ‘non support’ if there is a adversarial custodial parent  or overzealous DA..sometimes its all about cash..   Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence filed an amicus brief in this case.   Source: Abby Simon   Print PDF

    Minnesota Supreme Court Reverses Conviction Of Parent Who Failed To Pay Child Support

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/245271901.html This is important because..a non custodial parent can provide food ,clothing,shelter,transportation,medical care ,child care etc and still be charged with ‘non support’ if there is a adversarial custodial parent  or overzealous DA..sometimes its all about cash..   Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence filed an amicus brief in this case.   Source: Abby Simon   Print PDF

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  • Air date: December 15, 2012 Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families. Joining host Michelle MacDonald are John Myser and Barb Zorn, Family Innocence Advocates and Restorative Justice Circle facilitators. Listen to Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Family Innocence Show airs every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Relevant Radio 1330 AM. Upcoming […]

    Family Innocence Radio: Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families.

    Air date: December 15, 2012 Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families. Joining host Michelle MacDonald are John Myser and Barb Zorn, Family Innocence Advocates and Restorative Justice Circle facilitators. Listen to Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Family Innocence Show airs every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Relevant Radio 1330 AM. Upcoming […]

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