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2012 Conference on Family Group Decision Making and Other Family Engagement Approaches
June 20-24, 2012
Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Orlando, FL
Join over 500 conference participants to enjoy a variety of ways to explore community partnership building, the intersection between practice and values, organizational and systems change, research and evaluation, and learning across systems—all in relation to FGDM and other family engagement approaches in child welfare, mental health, education and juvenile justice systems.
Each year in the United States, there are millions of children who are reported abused and neglected, and hundreds of thousands caught up in the foster care system. Traditionally, child welfare agencies have worked only with the children and their current caregivers to resolve the concerns that brought them to the public agency’s attention. This process excludes important people and resources: grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, and others who care about the children and could offer help and support.
American Humane Association’s initiative, known as Family Group Decision Making, brings together a child’s wider family group, who—in partnership with child welfare professionals—lead decision-making about how to best care for and protect their children. Family group decision making has been proven to safely reduce the number of children in foster care, decrease the recurrence of child abuse and neglect and keep children connected to their roots and culture, which provides stability and helps them reach their full potential.
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) recognizes the importance of involving family groups in decision making about children who need protection or care, and it can be initiated by child welfare agencies whenever a critical decision about a child is required.
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