By providing structure to the profession, ensuring training for family mediators and adopting a Standards of practice in family mediation, the Association has been playing a major role in the development of family mediation, making it an alternative to legal recourse.
Throughout the years, the Association has been actively participating as a consultant in the elaboration of many government policies regarding family mediation, including the legislation that established the accreditation structure for family mediators, the model for determining child support payments, legislation that facilitates the collecting of child support as well as the Code of Civil Procedure regulation responsible for establishing prehearing mediation in family law cases. In 1997, the Association also submitted a brief to the Minister of Justice as part of the revision of regulations concerning family mediation. In 2003, it produced a video for the general public, titled An other way to win, family mediation. In 2017, it produced seven new videos intended for the general public.
Because of its expertise and historical role, the Association des médiateurs familiaux du Québec collaborates with the COAMF (the Committee of Accrediting Organizations in Family Mediation at the provincial level ever since it was created. At the national level, it has a seat on the board of directors of its Canadian counterpart, Family Mediation Canada. On the international level, numerous members represent the Association by participating in conferences and by conducting training, particularly in Europe where Québec's expertise in the field is widely recognized.
The Association regroups more than 313 attorneys, guidance counsellors, notaries, psychologists, social workers and psychoeducators who have received specialized training in family mediation to complement their initial training. They work in many languages in the various judicial districts in Québec.