Family Group Decision Making
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) is a strengths-based practice that focuses on the family’s ability to care for its members. This practice is based on the belief that every family has enough strengths to overcome their concerns or needs. FGDM is a process that starts with the family accepting this service. The family meets with a provider and probation staff to create an invitation list of family resources as well as a time and place to have the actual FGDM meeting. At the FGDM meeting (conference) the family maps out a plan to address their own needs and how to achieve a family environment that is pro social and alleviates the circumstances that brought the youth to the attention of the Court. Each conference requires on an average 10 hours of probation and provider work that includes pre conference, conference, and post conference family work.