Source: (2002) Paper presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Pierce County Human Services serves children and families in rural western Wisconsin. The department has successfully implemented Restorative Practices. This presentation will highlight the process that led to a successful Family Group Decision Making program. Those attending this session will get specific ideas for developing similar programs. The challenges that face programs in rural areas will be presented. Proven strategies to implement the Family Group Decision Making philosophies within rural settings and with limited resources will be highlighted. This session will also feature a family that will talk about the process that they experienced. This session will guide attendees through the program development process, as well as demonstrate the outcomes that can be achieved through Restorative Practices.