Source: (2003) Restorative Practices E-Forum. May 7.

The third and final part in a series by Laura Mirsky on family group conferencing (FGC), this article extends her exploration of the use of FGC beyond the sphere of child welfare to include adult mental health, youth justice, and school settings. In addition it expands her consideration of FGC theory and philosophy. Examples from particular countries highlight and make concrete the principles and application of FGC. For instance, Mirsky discusses projects in Northern Ireland that involve child welfare FGCs, restorative school group conferences, and restorative justice conferencing models in juvenile justice. Also, for example, turning to Minnesota in the United States, she looks at a variation on FGC which is termed family group decision making (FGDM), and to the use of FGDM in one Minnesota county to address child welfare cases; and she covers the employment of FGC in Ontario, Canada, to both child welfare and child mental health. These and other programs she cites from different countries manifest principles and applications of family group conferencing and decision making.

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