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Family Group Decision Making: A Rich Partnership Between Families and Systems (Seminar H)
Communities are increasingly implementing family group decision making (FGDM) initiatives. The increased interest in this approach can be attributed to a number of factors. First, the family-centered and strengths-based practices embedded in the FGDM process are consistent with philosophical shifts occurring within the child welfare profession. Second, FGDM meshes with the child welfare system reform movement in which the responsibility of protecting children is increasingly shared among the child protection agencies, communities, and families. Third, one of the suggested outcomes of FGDM—an increase in the number of children placed with kin—reinforces the Federal and State policy and practice emphasis on the importance of kinship as an option for children who need to be cared for outside of their own homes. In this session, presenters will discuss family group decision making as a practice in child welfare, focusing on its history and philosophies, as well as implementation strategies.
Lisa Merkel-Holguin, M.S.W.
Leslie Wilmot, M.S.S.W.
American Humane Association
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