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The Polk County Parent Education Program and Mediation Orientation is a program offered to help keep court costs down and prvide litigants with a way to resolve disputes and come to an agreement in domestic relations cases.

Attendance at the Polk County class is mandatory.  The class focuses mostly on the impact divorce has on children at various stages.  The class location is the Polk County Courthouse on the first floor of the main building, in the first floor conference room.  Two mediators instruct each class on a rotation.

Mediation sessions begin only after the parties have attended the class and have agreed upon and scheduled an appointment with a mediator.  If custody and/or parenting time are not at issue and mediation is not appropriate, paper work must be submitted to WAIVE mediation.

If you live outside the state, please contact the mediation coordinators,


Loy Thommen Family Facilitator 503-623-3154 ext. 1273
Nichol Smith Family Facilitator 503-831-5966
Schedule: Class is held every other Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas, Oregon
First Floor of Main Building -  Conference Room



Michelle Vlach-Ing
388 State Street, Suite 800
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 585-1289
Phil Groh
1107 1/2 Edgewater St NW 
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 364-6515
Mark Miller 
2355 State St. 
Salem, Oregon 97301 
(503) 949-5136

Peter Johnson

2425 13th St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302 
(503) 602-8166

Kate Groh
1107 1/2 Edgewater St NW
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 364-6515

Lisa Mayfield
189 Liberty St. NE, Suite 202
PO Box 2634
Salem, OR 97308
(503) 588-5884