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Family Group Decision Making
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) recognizes the importance of involving family groups in decision making about children who need protection or care. It can be initiated by child welfare agencies whenever a critical decision about a child is required. In FGDM processes, a trained coordinator who is independent of the case brings together the family group and the members. FGDM processes position the family group to lead decision making and the statutory authorities agree to support family group plans that adequately address agency concerns. FGDM processes actively seek the collaboration and leadership of family groups in crafting and implementing plans that support the safety, permanency and well-being of children.
FGDM in Minnesota
Core Advisory Team
FGDM in Minnesota is led by a Core Advisory Team (PDF) comprised of state, county and community partners. The mission of the Core Advisory Team is to promote the implementation of quality family involvement strategies, improve outcomes for children and families, and support the integration of FGDM processes as an integral part of child welfare practice. The team provides feedback and direction to FGDM program activities and initiatives for expanding FGDM strategies.
FGDM Grant Managers and FGDM Facilitators
FGDM is funded through federal Title IV-B allocations. In 2000, DHS awarded funds to eight grantees to develop FGDM practices in child welfare. In 2004, 12 more FGDM grantees were added. These 20 fiscal grantees coordinate funding and services for 70 participating counties and 8 tribal social service agencies. Grantees provide an array of FGDM models based on local needs and resources.
The Minnesota Program Directory for Family Group Decision Making (PDF) provides an overview of Minnesota’s experience with FGDM; the values and beliefs; and contact information for grant managers and facilitators. Click on this map (PDF) to view the geographic location and contact information for FGDM grantees. For more information about FGDM in Minnesota, contact us at DHS.FGDM@state.mn.us.
Cultural Competency in FGDM
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