Source: (2000) Englewood, CO: National Center on Family Group Decision Making.

Family Decision Meetings (FDMs) are defined in Oregon legislation as family focused interventions facilitated by professionals and designed to strengthen the natural care-giving system for children. Family Decision Meetings have been in use in Oregon since 1990. In 1997 the Oregon State Office for Service to Children and Families contacted the Child Welfare Partnership to conduct a study of Family Unity Meetings (FUMs), the FDM model used most frequently by caseworkers in Oregon. This document represents the final report based on that study. Based on data collected on 26 FUMs between January 1998 and March 1999, the study was exploratory, intended to deepen understanding of the dynamics of decision-making in the meetings and to recommend “best practicesâ€? in their use. The document includes an executive summary, research methodology, findings, analysis, references, and appendices providing data collection instruments.

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