Source: (2009) Family Court Review. 47(1):53-68.

Family group conferencing (FGC) and child protection mediation maximize family engagement in child welfare cases by prioritizing families’ roles in discussions and decisions. This article examines how FGC helps professionals to focus on family and community strengths, encourages family engagement, and provides targeted case plans for families and timely, permanent placements for children. It explores how courts and agencies use these interventions to empower families to contribute to resolutions in ways that are not possible in traditional litigation processes. These complementary processes help children and families by providing forums where families are allowed to make informed choices and take an active role in creating plans for their future. (Author's abstract)