The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) began in Fresno County in 1982 as the first of its kind program to provide a restorative approach to the juvenile justice system. From its first year handling eighty-five youth cases, the program has expanded each year and now includes restorative programming for adults and mental health services for the community.
The goal of the program is to restore and heal the relationship between the party that was harmed and the part that caused the harm. This is done through a mediation process called a group conference where both parties can express their pain, remorse, and efforts to heal. Rather than a punitive approach, this process puts the emphasis on relationships and the healing that can happen when individuals come together to repair harm and community.
Now in its nearly 40 years, VORP has served thousands of youth and families in this restorative approach to harm and has successfully kept these individuals out of the criminal justice system.
Additional Services Offered
Insight Awareness Classes for Youth Diversion
Individual counseling & group process circles utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Interventions. Counselors include, formerly incarcerated, certified AOD Counselor specializing in:
If you are interested in volunteering with the VORP program and becoming a community mediator, follow the below link to see the trainings available.
Check out this great video on the restorative healing that can come from a VORP mediation.