Source: (2004) Paper presented at the "5th International Conference on Conferencing & Circles", organized by the International Institute for Restorative Practices, August 5-7, Vancouver, Canada. Downloaded 2 December 2004.Family group conferences (FGC) provide a means for families to come together to make decisions about the welfare of their children. As Sheila Ozeer observes, this is only possible if all those involved in the FGC process properly and credibly fulfill their roles. Ozeer, based on her knowledge and experience as a family group conference coordinator, focuses on the role of the coordinator in helping the FGC process to serve families in making those decisions. To explain the role of the coordinator, she looks at the family group conference model and process; the roles and responsibilities of all the various participants; a job description for a coordinator; an overview of the referrals in which she has been involved; and challenges and issues for coordinators of FGCs.