Source: (2004) Ph.D. dissertation, Social Welfare, Graduate Division of the University of Hawai'i.

Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is an emerging technique for planning interventions in child protection. As an emerging technique, the theoretical support and empirical research of FGC is yet in its infancy. This paper adds to the burgeoning body of literature on FGC. Using qualitative and quantitative methods this paper explores some process outcomes of FGC. Group comparison were made between child protection clients in Hawaii receiving FGC and child protective services (CPS) clients who had service plans developed using traditional means. Specifically, perceptions of fairness, legitimization of CPS, ambiguity about CPS involvement and satisfaction were explored in this study. FGC participants were also interviewed to gain further understanding of their experiences with FGC. Author's abstract.