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The Bridge Institute, a nonprofit formerly known as Better Agreements, Inc., is the premier conflict resolution center in Southwest Virginia. We offer mediation services and more, serving the New River and Greater Roanoke Valleys.  Our mission is to increase individual and community problem-solving skills through education and training and to ensure all have access to alternative dispute resolution processes.

WE'VE MOVED! Our new location is: 2014 Memorial Ave SW, Roanoke 24015.

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Co-parenting is a choice parents make to focus on the needs of their children while parenting from separate homes. Even in the best of circumstances, co-parenting can be difficult due to past hurts and different parenting styles. This four-hour, court-approved parenting class "Two Parents, Two Homes" will equip you with knowledge and skills to co-parent peacefully. You will learn to:

  • Keep children out of parental conflict

  • Clarify parenting responsibilities

  • Identify your child's needs during this transition

  • Reduce and resolve conflict

  • Determine financial responsibilities

  • Improve communication with your children and the other parent

FEE: $50

LOCATION: In-person at the Franklin County library in Rocky Mount, VA or virtually on Zoom.

DATES: Offered once monthly. Select your date during registration.

This was a wonderful alternative to court and the mediator was amazing.  I really am pleased that mediation was offered and it worked great!  Thanks so much!

Court-Referred Client

Exceptional training! I learned new information that can be immediately applied. So much information to be shared ... I wish the training was longer!

Group Training Attendee

I left this training with an arsenal of how to improve my communication with my kids so that my expectations are clear and they know their feelings are important and valid. 

Co-Parent Class Participant


  • Conflict Management 101 - Oct 13
    Conflict Management 101 - Oct 13
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Oct 13
    Oct 13, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Roanoke, 2014 Memorial Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015, USA
    Practical skills for reducing, resolving, and reconciling conflict.
  • Conflict Mediation
    Conflict Mediation
    Thu, Nov 02
    The Bridge Institute Offices
    Nov 02, 8:00 AM – Nov 03, 5:00 PM
    The Bridge Institute Offices, 2014 Memorial Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015, USA
    Take your conflict-management skills to the next level and learn what it takes to become a professional mediator.
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