Janeen L. Massaros J.D., brings her experience and insights as a mediator, facilitator, and professional trainer to her work in the field of alternative dispute resolution.
Since 1995, Ms. Massaros provides high quality alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services to parents, communities, and individuals as sole proprietor of Southern Metropolitan Mediation Services, and has expanded her mediation practice and her work with elders and their family members at Midwest Senior Solutions.
Ms. Massaros graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN and holds an undergraduate degree in social work with an emphasis in communications, family relationship dynamics and community education.
Ms. Massaros is a qualified neutral on both the civil and family rosters under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. She also conducts the certified training required by the Minnesota Supreme Court Office of Continuing Education for mediators to qualify for both the civil and family rosters and advanced training seminars for practitioners to enhance their skills in the mediation process.
Ms. Massaros has presented to a number of community groups, workplaces and schools on the topics of mediation, communication, and effective conflict resolution skills, both locally and nationally.
Ms. Massaros began her mediation career in 1995 as Director of Mediation Services for Dispute Resolution Center, a private nonprofit community mediation program located in St. Paul, MN. From 1998-2000, she was Executive Director of the Center and in 2000, began her private mediation work.
Lead faculty, Minnesota CLE, 40-hour Family Mediation Skills and 6-hour Domestic Violence Issues, 2010 to present
Lead faculty, 40-hour Family Mediation Skills, Mankato State University Extended Learning, 2011 to present
Co-founder, A Team Approach, gender-balanced custody evaluations
Member, MN Cooperative Practice Network, 2011 to present
Early Neutral Evaluation Panels, Anoka, Wright and Ramsey Counties, 2009 to present
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I invite you to call or email me for a no-cost consultation to discuss the issues and determine how best to structure a discussion between family members to reach a final resolution. Respectful, productive time spent to understand and resolve important issues can help avoid turmoil in your heart and home.
As parents move from independence to dependence, adult children find themselves making difficult, emotional decisions about care of elderly or incapacitated parents, often without the support of siblings or parents themselves. You may feel caught in the middle of your children and your parents and often emotionally drained - a safe, respectful process is the answer.
Issues such as mental capacity, ability to drive safely, finances, daily care, medical care and long term care, assisted living, estate planning, health care directives,and financial considerations can remain unresolved while siblings sort out their complicated feelings. This may result in more conflict than answers and ruin the important relationships in our lives.
A durable, satisfactory resolution of these important issues rests on the ability of family members to hear and understand each other's concerns and wishes. Mediation is a safe, respectful forum that allows time for each person to be heard and have their concerns addressed.
Family matters. Let me know how I can assist with your discussions so family members can move forward with peace of mind, forgiveness, and a clear blueprint for the future.