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Welcome to Clay County's

Office of Dispute Resolution

Facilitating access to justice and promoting public trust

351 E Kansas St., Liberty, MO 64068
816-736-8400

Our Mission

The Office of Dispute Resolution & Family Court Programs strives to deliver programs and services that facilitate access to justice, encourage informed decision-making, and promote public trust and confidence in the judicial system. We take pride in ensuring our programs fit the needs of Clay County, Missouri community.

How Can We Support You?

Expert Mediators

Our team of experienced mediators is dedicated to helping parties in conflict find mutually beneficial solutions through effective communication and negotiation.

Tailored Solutions

We understand that every conflict is unique. That's why we customize our programs and services to meet the specific needs and goals of our clients, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

Trusted by the Community

With years of experience serving Clay County, Missouri, we have built a strong reputation for providing reliable, professional, and compassionate dispute resolution services.

Services

Check out our service offerings

Our story

Mediation Services

Our expert mediators help parties in civil and family court reach mutually acceptable agreements through a structured and confidential process. We provide a neutral and supportive environment for effective communication and problem-solving.

Family Court Programs

We offer comprehensive programs to assist families going through legal processes related to divorce, child custody, and visitation. Our services include mediation, parenting education, and other programming to help families navigate the complexities of family court.

Our values
Our history

Community Programs

We provide free community programs to residents of Clay County, MO. These programs range from parenting groups, groups for youth, and family programming. 

Upcoming Programs!

All of our programming is free to Clay County residents!

* Emotional Mayhem- The Clay County Office of Dispute Resolution partners with The Nurtured Path to provide this program. This class is intended for 13-17 year olds. The Emotional Mayhem program consists of two in-person classes.  The course will help the teen understand their emotions and how to respond to a difficult situation effectively. Through grant funding, we are able to provide this class for free to Clay County families. *

  Every 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the Month 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Clay County Juvenile Office, 351 E Kansas St., Liberty MO 64068.

Please use this link to register for classes: https://forms.gle/AiJqnyTFLWLwXD6j8

* Boy's Leadership Council- Young men gain skills and knowledge to navigate growing up male in today’s society through the introduction of topics and experiential activities that address a myriad of relevant challenges - safely, powerfully, and within a spirit of “council” connection. The sessions are Wednesdays for 1.5 hours, held over a six-week period. *

When: Almost Every Wednesday 5pm-6:30pm

Where: Liberty Fire Station, 200 W Mississippi, Liberty MO 64068.

Please use this link to fill out the form online: https://forms.gle/gFAMHzoZq2KCsrSi9

 * Bullying Prevention- Bullying remains a central concern for school-aged youth. In this session, youth will be presented with a variety of topics related to recognizing, reporting, and responding to bullying incidents. Specifically, youth will be provided with information on how to identify bullying, including warning signs, strategies on reporting bullying to adults within their buildings, and action steps when observing and/or experiencing bullying. Ultimately, students will be taught what to do, what to say, and who to tell when experiencing or observing bullying.

When: July 22nd at 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Virtual

Please use this link to register for classes: https://forms.gle/PYuWYNS2rNSMyBZq6
 

* Girls Circle- The Girls Circle model is a four-week structured support group for girls and youth who identify with female development from 11-17 years. The program integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede the growth and development of girls and young women by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which they can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices . *

These sessions are once a week on Wednesdays for two hours held over a four week period.

Wednesday, July 31st, August 7th, 14th, & 21st

6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Clay County Health Department

800 Haines, Liberty MO 64068

Please use this link to register for classes: https://forms.gle/h6nFcaRWnsz3RCny8

*Substance Use Education Class- The Clay County Office of Dispute Resolution, is excited to announce a new collaboration with Eric Hansen, LMSW, LMAC, CADC with Clinical Counseling Associates. This class is intended for 13-17 year olds. The Youth Substance Use Education program consists of one in-person classes. The course will help teens identify triggers, develop healthy skill building, establish healthy relationships, impulse control, and relapse prevention. *

When: Every Second Tuesday of the Month 6pm-8pm

July 9th, August 13th, or September 10th

Where: Clay County Juvenile Office, 351 E Kansas St., Liberty MO 64068.

Please use this link to register for classes: https://forms.gle/6Tnp5RKg9m1aPXBC9

 * Parenting Through Tough Times- The Clay County Office of Dispute Resolution partners with The Nurtured Path to provide this program. This program consists of two in-person classes.  The program will help parents understand their emotions, how to respond to a difficult situation effectively, and discuss ways to support kids. It will also provide a chance for parents to connect with other parents who may be going through similar situations. Through grant funding, we are able to provide this class for free to Clay County families. *

 Every 1st & 2nd Wednesday of the Month 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: Clay County Health Department 800 Haines, Liberty, MO 64068

Please use this link to register for classes: https://forms.gle/UJ94TBRWTU2QR9yM6 

 * Power Moves- Power Moves aims to empower young adults, ages 13-18, to overcome obstacles, reshape their thinking, and embark on a path towards a more promising future. Power Moves is a six (6) week program. The weekly sessions are held once a week on Mondays. This program is a collaboration between Lyrik’s Institute and the Clay County Office of Dispute Resolution. This program is provided free to Clay County residents through grant funding provided by the Division of Youth Services.*

When: July 15th- August 19th 4pm-6pm

Where: Clay County Juvenile Office, 351 E Kansas St., Liberty MO 64068.

Register online: https://forms.gle/nFQSKRGoFWMoEUah8

* Mother & Daughter Circle- We are providing another  in-person session of Mother/Daughter circle! The Mother-Daughter Circle is a structured support group for mothers and their daughters, ages 11-18. The purpose of the circle is to promote a healthy and sustaining bond between mothers and daughters during the transitional years from girlhood to young womanhood. The Mother-Daughter Circle provides a safe, consistent and strengths-based approach to supporting mothers or mother-figures and daughters on their relationship journey. *

The sessions are held once a week for two hours over the course of four weeks.

July 15th, 22nd, and 29th 6pm-8pm

Location: Liberty Fire Department

200 W. Mississippi, Liberty, MO 64068

Register online: https://forms.gle/TLzoMkFHooSr2nqS6

If you are interested in participating in this program and would like to be updated on the next session, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/KRUSZuStGiA1ACyu9

Community Programming!

Parent Cafe Presented by Easterseals Midwest!

 

What are Parent Cafés?


Parent Cafés are based on the Strengthening Families Framework and the Five Protective Factors. (Resilience, Relationships, Knowledge, Support, and Communication) The Cafes are a FREE parenting event with dinner provided. At the cafés, parents will have meaningful, guided conversations about what matters most, our families and how to make them stronger!

For questions, email Toni Reynolds at toni.reynolds@esmw.org
For more information on Parent Cafes, you can visit https://www.bestrongfamilies.org/parent-cafes

 

Please register using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4EACAC2BA0F94- 50005933-region

 

COMING SOON: 

Adult Power Moves Class

Father/Son Class

Tutoring

*This programming is provided free to Clay County residents through grant funding provided by the Division of Youth Services.

Mentor Program!

Mentees: "If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before."- J Loren Norris.

The Clay County Mentor Program is for youth 11 to 18 years of age who reside in Clay County Missouri. Youth will be matched with a mentor for a period of six-month. The mentor will meet with the youth a minimum of four hours a month. 

The mentors will provide youth with guidance, foster valuable life skills, provide emotional support, and lay a foundation for personal growth and development. 

The Clay County Mentoring Program envisions a community in which every youth experiences nurturing one-to-one relationships and community support, which in turn allows each of them to develop into their full potential, capable of making informed, responsible decisions as involved members of the community.

Mentors: Mentor Today, Make a Difference Tomorrow
We are looking for adult mentors to work with youth, referred to Clay County Court services, between the ages of 11 to 17.

MENTORING CAN:
·    Improve Attitudes 
·    Raise Academic Performance
·    Promote Self-Esteem
·    Increase School Attendance
·    Prepare for Future goals

MENTORS WILL:
·    Be screened, interviewed, and attend a training at the Clay County Juvenile Office.
·    Meet with their mentees at least 4 hours per month.
·    Be a positive role model offering advice, life skills, and friendship.
·    Make a difference in the life of a young person!

If you are interested in participating in the Mentor Program please reach out to Mr. Umeme Battle at Umeme.Battle@courts.mo.gov or 816-736-8403.

 

Upcoming Trainings!

  I'd like to share with you information on an upcoming CASA volunteer training. Please pass this along to anyone that you think might be interested. I've attached some information about our program. The dates are Mondays, June 24, July 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 5:30-8:30 PM here at the Juvenile Office.

If you are interested in learning more about CASA please reach out to Ashley Zugelter at Ashley.Zugelter@courts.mo.gov

Please see the following attachments: program flyer, training schedule, and volunteer application:

 

About ODRS

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The Seventh Circuit Office of Dispute Resolution Services was established in 1995 to provide alternative dispute resolution services in civil proceedings. Over the years, ODRS has collaborated with a number of community-based agencies to improve services to youth and families. Since 1998, ODRS has administered a variety of grants to support the efforts of the Clay County Juvenile Office to hold offenders accountable, support victims, improve public safety, and raise youth competency. ODRS staff and a team of specially trained contract facilitators and community volunteers are available to assist the Juvenile Office at any point, from initial contact, through adjudication, to re-entry. Our programming has recently almost doubled. We are able to expand some of our services to Clay County families and individuals not involved in the justice system.

All of our programming is free to Clay County residents!

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