Source: (2005) American Humane FGDM Issues in Brief. Downloaded 1 December 2005.

I was introduced to the concept of FGC by Juvenile Probation Chief Steve Suknaic and by Juvenile Probation Assistant Supervisor Helen Spence. Both believed that FGC could prove beneficial to not only youth and families in the juvenile justice system but also victims and communities. Pennsylvania’s legislated mandates of BARJ (i.e., accountability, community protection, competency development) could be accomplished through FGC – not solely through the efforts of the juvenile officer but through the enlisted help and support of family members, neighbors, friends, ministers, and community members intent on helping a youth. The concept of encouraging families to take responsibility and make decisions for their young people – rather than having a Court order such – was intriguing and worth exploring. (excerpt)


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