February 2017 There is a growing awareness of the importance of offering children an opportunity to participate in family dispute resolution processes, including mediation. There are several different ways to involve children in mediation . . . While there is no single “best way” to include the child in mediation, we conclude that Views of the Child Reports can be a useful tool. These Reports can provide parents with more reliable information than their own conversations with their children, and they can facilitate settlement. While they provide less information than a full custody evaluation, they are much less expensive and time-consuming to prepare.