Source: (2006) Paper from “The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2,” the IIRPâ€™s 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
Family group decision making (FGDM) is a process that provides families with an opportunity to bring together larger family networksâ€”aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, friendsâ€”to make important decisions that might otherwise be made by professionals. This process of engaging and empowering families to make their own decisions and plans for their family membersâ€™ well-being seems to lead to better outcomes, less conflict with professionals, more informal support and improved family functioning (Merkel-Holguin, Nixon & Burford, 2003). (excerpt)
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