Family group decision making encourages the family, supported by professionals and resources, to craft a plan to meet both child and family needs — especially safety needs. The Resource Center is available to assess requirements and tailor offerings to meet your agency and community needs.

The guiding principles of family group decision making are

self-definition of family
inclusion of extended family
respect for family's self-knowledge
strength-based orientation
cultural relevance and value
family desire and responsibility to make decisions for their members
mutual linkage between families and communities

Professionals and resources, both formal and informal, provide structure and support for the family group decision making process. They also provide the support and services that the family determines they need.