This document introduces four approaches to involving families in child welfare decisions:
- Family Team Conferencing;
- Family Group Decision Making;
- Permanency Teaming; and
- Team Decision Making.
Why family engagement matters.
Features of 4 promising family meeting models.
Why there are many different family meeting approaches.
Details to help you decide which ones work the best for your family.
A 2005 survey identified more than 50 different names for practices that involve families in child welfare decisions.
More research is needed on family meeting approaches before experts can pinpoint evidence-based best practice models.
Family Team Conferencing strives to establish an agile support network to help sustain the family after agency involvement ends.
Family Group Decision Making is unique in that it incorporates private time for the family to develop a plan.
Permanency Teaming uses a blend of individual, joint and large team meetings to address a child’s needs.
In Team Decision-Making meetings, sessions focus on whether or not to move a child—and the agency makes the final call.