Source: (2005) American Humane FGDM Issues in Brief. Downloaded 1 December 2005.

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) is rooted in the belief that families have shared history, wisdom, untapped resources, and an unrivaled commitment to their children -- strengths that that can be leveraged to create plans to promote children's safety, permanency, and well-being. The concept of FGDM was first legislated in New Zealand in 1989, and took hold in America in the mid-1990s . The American Humane Association estimates that in 2004, over 200 communities in approximately 35 states had implemented FGDM to improve outcomes for children and their families. An increasing percentage of children and adolescents involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have emotional disturbances that increase their fragility. Organized and coordinated systems-of-care deliver mental health services and support for children, adolescents, and their families. Family group decision making and systems-of-care share some similar goals.(excerpt)