Source: State of Arizona. American Humane website. Downloaded 9 December 2004.

Arizona law has established the family group decision making program (FGDM) to enable families to find solutions to problems that threaten their stability. More specifically, intended as a diversion from custody of children under Child Protective Services, the Arizona FGDM program seeks to facilitate a family’s development of safety and permanency plans for children who have been subjected to abuse or neglect. The program is modeled on Oregon’s Family Unity Model. This document provides a guide to the nature and operation of Arizona’s FGDM program. The guide assists program staff and others in determining whether a case is appropriate for the FGDM program, and in implementing the FGDM process. The document also includes a form for family group decision making referrals.

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