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Family Group Conferencing and Child Protection Mediation: Essential Tools for Prioritizing Family Engagement in Child Welfare Cases.

Olson, Kelly Browe
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Family Court Review. 47(1):53-68.

Family group conferencing (FGC) and child protection mediation maximize family engagement in child
welfare cases by prioritizing families’ roles in discussions and decisions. This article examines how FGC
helps professionals to focus on family and community strengths, encourages family engagement, and provides
targeted case plans for families and timely, permanent placements for children. It explores how courts and
agencies use these interventions to empower families to contribute to resolutions in ways that are not possible
in traditional litigation processes. These complementary processes help children and families by providing
forums where families are allowed to make informed choices and take an active role in creating plans for
their future. (Author’s abstract)


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