The Pennsylvania Family Group Decision Making process is a strengths-based empowerment model designed to join the wider family group, including relatives, friends, community members, and others, to collectively make decisions to resolve and identified concern.
The purpose of Family Group Decision Making is to establish a process for families to join together with relatives, friends, and other identified supports to develop a culturally sensitive plan ensuring that youth are cared for and protected from future harm. The referred family has the opportunity to create their own solution to critical concerns related to the care of their children.
Family Group Decision Making is not a conflict-resolution, therapeutic intervention or forum for ratifying professionally crafted decisions. Instead, Family Group Decision Making actively seeks the collaboration and leadership of family groups in crafting and implementing plans that support the safety, permanency, and well-being of their children.