Laurel Ferris, M.A. is an ADR Neutral who provides services for families throughout the greater metro area, including custody evaluations and brief focused assessments, as well as parenting consulting. She holds a background in psychology and has been active on the Minnesota Chapter of the AFCC Education Committee since 2013, where currently serves as co-chair. Laurel was instrumental in organizing the highly successful October 2019 half-day conference, The Personality-Disordered Litigant: Strategies for the Family Law Professional in and out of the Courtroom. Her website is www.laurelferris.com.
Laurel’s professional goal is to help divided families achieve happy, healthy, home lives. She practices the opposite of ‘scorched earth litigation’ by working in partnership to find child-focused solutions and build on areas of parental agreement, in a timely, cost-conscious fashion. In her work she models courtesy and respect and brings compassion and kindness.
She tries to live Fred Rogers’ dictum that: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem,” Then there are those who see the need and respond.” For nearly a decade, Laurel has provided low-bono parenting time supportive supervision and volunteered as a guardian ad litem in Hennepin County Juvenile Court child protection cases.