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Another way to involve fathers and build family responsibility and community accountability for protecting children is family group decision making (FGDM), which is being implemented in more than 150 U.S. communities. FGDM unites and energizes concerned individuals by giving them a unique and vital opportunity to voice opinions about, get involved in, and gain control of situations that matter to them. Through FGDM, families tap their own existing resources to rebuild and strengthen social support networks and forge workable, strategic partnerships with formal systems. The practice and guiding philosophy reverses the tide of maternalcentered child welfare. Fathers and their families are actively targeted to participate in FGDM processes. (excerpt)

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