Team Decision Making Case Study

Engaging Families in Placement Decisions

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

March 5, 2014

Summary

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. 

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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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