Experts believe that the most effective way to help children is to involve them and their families, friends and professionals in all decisions relating to  out of home child placement.  This case study examines how three jurisdictions—Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Denver County, Colorado.; and New York City—have woven a practice known as Team Decision Making (TDM) into standard child welfare procedures to create better, safer outcomes for children. 

March 5, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The importance of engaging families, friends and communities in removal, reunification and placement decisions.

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    The basics concepts behind team decision making.

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    The clear benefits of team decision making for children and families and communities, as well as for children and family services staff.

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    The challenges of maintaining team decision making practice fidelity.

Key Takeaway

Team Decision making is a more effective approach to issues of child placement

Team Decision Making (TDM) is a collaborative practice used by child welfare agencies that includes family members for all decisions involving child removal, change of placement, reunification or other permanency plans. Team decision making is a much more effective way to approach the critical issue of placement for potentially at-risk kids compared to the traditional model of agency personnel telling the family what to do.

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