Source: (2000) Child Welfare Vol 79(2):131-158.

With rising demands on child welfare, workers need to consider new options, including strategies that promote a collaborative effort of family, community, and government. Family group conferencing integrates efforts to advance child and adult safety and strengthens family unity while expanding its meaning. The conclusions in this article are based on family interviews and child protective services’ file comparison from an outcome study of the Family Group Decision Making Project.