Source: (1996) In: M. Hardin (ed.), Family Group Conferences in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Learning from the Experience of New Zealand. Washington, DC: ABA Center on Children and the Law. American Bar Association, pp. 153-180.

The New Zealand-style family group conference raises some interesting issues about the traditional notions of privacy when abusive parents object to sharing information with extended family members. This chapter reviews privacy law in the United States on the assumption that FGCs should go forward whether or not the child's parent or legal guardian consents to the sharing of information with members of the child's extended family. Because of the importance of involving extended family members, this chapter considers the viability of state-convened FGCs even if there is no parental consent.