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RJ Article LeCroy and Milligan Associates, Inc.. Family Group Decision Making: Third Annual Evaluation Report
Used in child welfare contexts, family group decision making (FGDM) is a model and strategy for focusing on family strengths and capacity for change rather than on family problems and deficits. FGDM involves bringing together extended family members to develop a plan of safety and placement for children in families referred to child protective services. This document reports the results of a third-year evaluation of the Family Group Decision Making Program of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The evaluation report includes a number of components: a description of the current legislative requirements in Arizona; a review of relevant literature; program implementation information based on surveys, site visits, and staff interviews; descriptive data; outcomes for participating families; and conclusions and recommendations based on the evaluation. Additionally, the report contains many appendices with program information, statistical data, and assessment tools underlying the evaluation.
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RJ Article County of Santa Clara Family Conference Institute. Santa Clara Family Conference Model (FCM) Executive Summary
The Santa Clara family conference model (FCM) originated in 1996 as a response to the need for families to contribute to the improvement of safety and protection of children in their care. The Santa Clara FCM is a form of family group decision-making (FGDM); this FCM is an adaptation of prototypes from New Zealand and Oregon (USA). This document provides an overview of the principles and processes of FCM, as well as a summary of key findings from a four-year evaluation of Santa Clara’s FCM program. The findings cover perceptions about the Santa Clara FCM from staff members and family participants, and outcomes from FCM processes in the Santa Clara program.
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RJ Article Horwitz, Mark and Prostak, Nancy and Lovelace-Graham, Valerie and Roche, Olga. Making Kinship Happen: Factors Influencing the Development of a Kinship Orientation and Family Group Decision-Making Processes in Child Protective Services
The authors of this paper write that kinship practice is increasingly being seen as a best practice model in child protective services (CPS) settings. Kinship practice can be used in a number of ways as a diversion strategy: support for families while children remain in their biological parents’ home; temporary out-of-home placements; and permanent out-of-home placements. In this framework, the authors examine the following: the traditional relationship between kinship resources and CPS; principles to guide the adoption of kinship orientation in CPS; strategies use by a particular state child protection agency to build such an orientation; and family group decision-making as a means of increasing kin resources in child protection planning and service delivery.
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RJ Article Northwest Institute for Children and Families. Connected and Cared For: Using Family Group Conferencing for Children in Group Care. Phase I: Retrospective Study, Evaluation Findings
In the child welfare system, children in residential treatment and group care facilities are the neediest. Cases for children in group care are among the most difficult to resolve. For these children – whether they will eventually live with their family again, or they will never live with their family again – family remains of great significance. Yet, for various reasons, their family is rarely included in case planning or intervention processes. Many, therefore, reach independence at age 18 with no family support network. In this context, the Northwest Institute for Children and Families studied and evaluated the effectiveness of family group conferencing (FGC) on behalf of high needs youth in residential care settings in Washington State. This document presents the Institute’s 'Phase One Evaluation' findings. These are results based on a retrospective study of a number of conferences for youth in group care placements between 1998 and 2001.
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RJ Article Pakura, Shannon. The Family Group Conference 14 Year Journey: Celebrating the successes, learning the lessons, embracing the challenges
Shannon Pakura is Chief Social Worker with Child Youth and Family Services in the New Zealand government. In this paper Pakura reflects on the history of family group conferences (FGC) in New Zealand. This begins with changes in government policy and law leading to the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 and its introduction of the FGC. Pakura describes the social and cultural context in which the FGC was initiated and implemented. Looking back on those efforts and the history of FGCs in child welfare in New Zealand, Pakura identifies what was done well, what could have been done better, the effects of FGCs on Maori children and families, and challenges for FGCs and child welfare in the future.
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RJ Article Connolly, Marie. A Perspective on the Origins of Family Group Conferencing
It is widely acknowledged that family group conferencing originated in Aotearoa New Zealand with the introduction of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 and its creation of the family group conference. However, says Marie Connolly, what gave rise and shape to this development is a far more complex question. It is that question she explores in this paper. Toward that end, she looks at cultural issues at the heart of practice changes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Specifically, she discusses the place of the child in Maori society and the child’s relationship to familial kinship structures in Maori culture, and the ways in which New Zealand child welfare legislation and policy before the 1989 Act misunderstood or ignored that place and that relationship.
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