Source: (1996) In: J. Hudson, et al. (eds.), Family Group Conferences: Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 180-194.This paper describes the development and use of family group decision-making in the state of Oregon's child welfare agency, particularly in child protective services. It covers background information on the use of family group decision-making in Oregon; the development of the "family unity meeting model"; workers' attitudes and practices around this model; and a discussion of some other applications of family group decision-making in Oregon.