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ERIC Number: EJ869915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
A Family Plan Forged out of Commitment and Love
Welden, Lynn M.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n2 p52-53 Sum 2008
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), also known as Family Group Conferencing, is a process that brings together extended family networks--aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, and friends--to make important decisions that might otherwise be made by professionals. Prior to a FGDM conference, a facilitator engages extended family members and friends, asking them to attend the conference. At the conference, professionals share information with the family group about the case. Then family and friends meet by themselves, without professionals present, to make decisions regarding the case. Subsequently, professionals and family ensure that the plan meets safety and legal concerns. Post conference, professionals monitor and review the plan's progress. Alyssa, 18, made some unfortunate choices over the last few years, some with legal consequences. This article describes how her situation improved through a FGDM conference facilitated by the Community Service Foundation in Pennsylvania, a demonstration program of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania