Allegheny County Generations Program

What is the Generations Program? 

The Generations program administered by the Allegheny County Children’s Court Child Custody Department, which provides information to parents and children about changing families and offers parents/ caregivers the skills to reach their own resolution on custody issues. The Generations program consists of two parts:

Allegheny County Children’s Court Child Custody Department
440 Ross Street, Suite 1030
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (downtown Pittsburgh)
412-350-4370 (fax) 

Note:  The Generation Seminar is no longer held at the Wightman School Community Building 5604 Solway Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)

The Adult Seminar: 

The adult education seminar of the Generations program is approximately 3 hours long and addresses the following topics: 

•How to build a co-parenting relationship
•Learn to communicate & problem solve
•Help children cope effectively with their changing family
•Identify how parent/caregiver conflict can affect the behavior of children
•Understand that most children do best when they have the right to know and love both parents
•General overview of the mediation session

The custody mediation session gives parents/ caretakers an opportunity to meet with a trained mediator to address issues related to meeting their child(ren)’s needs and to formulate a custody arrangement. Neither children nor attorneys’ participate in mediation. Parties will meet with a mediator for 2 to 2 1/2 hours to discuss approaches to a successful parenting plan. The goal of mediation is for parents to create their own parenting plan,called a Memorandum of Understanding. Mediation is not therapy and does not include legal advice. The mediation process encourages adults to work together and to be responsible for their own parenting decisions. Mediation sessions are confidential with limited exceptions. The discussions during mediation cannot be recorded or copied. The mediator cannot be required to testify in court. Mediators are often members of the legal or mental health fields with advanced degrees, in addition to having basic and ongoing advanced training in mediation. Attorneys and Mediation Prior to mediation the parties’ attorneys can assist them in organizing their thoughts about what to address in the session. Once a parenting plan is reached, the parties may proceed to an attorney to prepare a consent order of court consistent with their parenting plan.

Quotes from parents and children who attended the Generations program  


•  “I am glad that I attended this session. The Generations program is here to help parents keep their children out of the middle.”


 The best thing that happened to me in class today was …  

• “I got to talk and get the scary feelings out of my stomach.” (Age 6)
•”The class taught me that it’s ok to have fun and not worry about the grownups.”  (Age 7)
•  “I learned that it’s not alright for my mom or my dad to put me and my brother in the middle, and I’m going to ask them to stop it.” (Age 14 )

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