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Seeds of Change: Using Peacemaking Circles to Build a Village for Every Child

Boyes-Watson, Carolyn
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Child Welfare. 84(2): 191-208.

Roca, Inc., a grassroots human development and community
organization, has adopted the peacemaking
circle as a tool in its relationship building with youth,
communities, and formal systems. Circles are a method
of communication derived from aboriginal and native
traditions. In Massachusetts, the Department of Social
Services and the Department of Youth Services are exploring
the application of the circle in programming
with youth and families. By providing a consistent
structure for open, democratic communication, peacemaking
circles enhance the formation of positive relationships
in families, communities, and systems. The
outcome is a stronger community with greater unity
across truly diverse participants. This article presents
the theory and practice of peacemaking circles, the lessons
and challenges of implementing circles in formal
organizations, and the potential of the circle to support
a strengths-based and community-based approach to
child welfare. Author’s abstract.


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