Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), also known as Family Group Conferencing, is a way to work with and engage families who are involved with child protection services offered by the Brant FACS. The main goal of FGDM in Brantford-Brant is to give the extended family group (i.e. nuclear family, extended family and friends) a leadership role, in partnership with Brant Family and Children’s Services, in the decision making process to ensure the safety and well-being of children who are at significant risk of or in need of protection from abuse and neglect.

“The voices of many who care will inevitably meet on the common ground of the child’s best interest. This is by far the best forum for this type of situation and I wish it were available to more people”.

“It included everyone in the family that had an interest in X & Y’s future and well-being. Everyone put aside past hurts/issues to come up with a plan for them”.

“This meeting really brought us together to show us what really matters! Everyone put aside their differences to come and show X and Y how much we love them and how much they mean to everyone that showed up today”.

– Participants at FGC

FGDM Workshop Presentations

2016 Children’s Participation in FGDM (PDF)

2016 Preparation Skills Institute (PDF)

2016 The Third Stage of the FGC (PDF)

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