Penny R. Henderson
Counselor at Law
"You should follow a good, intelligent person
Who is wise, insightful, learned,
Committed to virtue, dutiful, and noble
As the moon follows the path of the stars"

Parenting Coordinator

Parents with continuing disputes and chronic litigation about their children present a difficult problem for courts, lawyers and mental health professionals and increase their children’s risk of adjustment and emotional problems.  Other states have recognized this problem and developed a strategy for helping these families through the use of a Special Master or Parenting Coordinator.

Whatcom County uses this definition:  A Parenting Coordinator is a qualified, neutral third party professional who has been agreed upon by the parties and appointed by the Court in high-conflict cases to facilitate the implementation of a parenting plan and resolve disputes arising therefrom.

My goal is to utilize my training and experience as a Guardian ad Litem, attorney and parent to compassionately enable parents to effectively and lovingly parent their children.

In Whatcom County I was involved in spearheading the development of the Parenting Coordinator role and organizing the initial training in Washington with the frontrunner and internationally-recognized leading authority on the topic - Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

The Parent Coordinator program is scheduled to be up and running soon!