Erica H. Epstein, Mediator

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Mediator Focused on Families & Children

I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. My entire professional career has been focused on working with children and families regarding education and development. My understanding of early childhood, coupled with how families and relationships operate in a systemic manner makes sense to individuals within context, which allows to me to help couples and families as they traverse the complicated and emotionally unsettling task of obtaining a divorce.

Education

I graduated in 1995 from Queens College in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and in 1997 received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Adelphi University in New York. I was a New York City public school teacher from 1997-2008, at which time our family moved to Florida. I also hold a Florida Staff Credential and DCF Preschool Advanced Director credential. Currently, I am studying to obtain my second graduate-level degree, and expect to graduate in June 2017 from Nova Southeastern University, with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

I was a New York City public school teacher from 1997-2008 and worked on educating children in grades kindergarten through third grade. I also worked as an owner/director of a large private preschool in West Palm Beach from 2009-2016 where I worked with hundreds of children and families during many difficult and challenging times in their lives. My desire to work with and understand the human developmental cycles guides my understanding of family interactions and relationships. I especially love to mediate matters involving minor children, and guide parents in making informed decisions that are in the child’s best interests.

From 2009-2016, I, along with my husband, owned and operated a large private pre-school in West Palm Beach.  During those seven years, we had the amazing opportunity and privilege to help educate and care for over 1500 children from ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. I was the on-site and hands-on director and loved guiding my staff and motivating the children to excel to the best of their ability.

I am the proud mother of two children, one of whom is severely developmental disabled and suffers from Epilepsy.

I am acutely aware of the manner in which family stress and situations, such as divorce, can have on adults and on young children. Working with parents who are divorcing allows me to focus on helping them through this process, but always keeping the focus on the needs and emotional well-being of the children. I follow a simple motto: parents are adults who choose to get married and divorced; on the other hand, children have no say in the process and their innocence must be respected and protected.