Source: (2004) Paper presented in plenary session at the third Nordic Symposium on Family Group Conference, Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan vid Helsingfors universitet (Soc&kom), Helsinki, Finland, 27-28 August. Downloaded 7 March 2005.

Two days ago a new study from the Danish Social Research Institute was released. The good news is that modern way of living has not ruined the family solidarity. Most families are close-knit. Around 40\% of the new mothers talk to their mother on a daily basis. So there is still a close connection between generations. The modern nuclear family is not as isolated as researchers had expected. I attach importance to the fact that FGC is a decision making model, where user involvement and influence is an integrated part. This is a step forward in democratisation of social work. It is a clear and simple model with clear values: respect for different views and cultures; willingness to listen to all family members and focus on both strengths and problems. When I formulated the headline of this contribution I had no way of knowing whether the politicians in Denmark would make FGC a right for all families, as a reform for families and children in need was on its way. (excerpt)

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