family group decision making

“Our family is pretty tight, but we do have problems.  We didn’t want strangers telling us what to do.  Family Group Decision Making was good because it helped us come up with our own ideas and solutions.  It helped all of us to talk to each other and showed us how we can all be responsible for making things better.”

One of the most powerful and effective influences in keeping children safe is family.  This includes both the immediate family of parents and siblings, as well as the extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and community members.  Family  Group Decision Making (FGDM) is a practice that brings families together to develop a plan to ensure that children are cared for and protected from future harm.  FGDM is designed to fit family cultures and situations, and encourages cross collaboration with a focus on family strengths.

 A Family Group can include:

  • Parents
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Aunts and Uncles
  • Cousins
  • Neighbors
  • Pastors
  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Close Family Friends

Putting Families in Charge
Family Group Decision Making  takes a non-traditional approach to keeping children safe and ensuring their well being.  It engages and empowers families to take responsibility for the care and protection of their children.  Family groups come together  to create a unique plan to address concerns of neglect/abuse and other crises, with the ultimate goal of assuring safety. FGDM is different because it gives families private time where only family/extended family consider the situation and the information presented.  The family group then talks about the issues and makes decisions which are presented back to the FGDM professionals and other conference attendees for discussion and approval.

Core Values of Family Group Decision Making

  • Every child has the right to be safe
  • Families have strengths and can change
  • Empowering families is better than controlling them
  • Strengths are enhanced when they are acknowledged and encouraged
  • A consultant is better than a boss
  • Families prefer options rather than advice
  • Strengths are what ultimately resolve concerns

Who We Serve
The Family Group Decision Making program is available to all families in Centre County.

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Contact Info
325 West Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 237-5731
Voicemail: (814) 237-2224
Fax: (814) 237-2228