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June 2000Vol. 1, No. 4New Website Focuses on Family Group Decision Making

Child welfare professionals might want to bookmark the new website of the National Center on Family Group Decision Making (

The Center and its site are operated by the American Humane Association's (AHA's) Children's Division. AHA established the Center in 1999 and launched the site this Spring. AHA has been active in the area of Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) since 1995.

Among its features, the site offers a summary of current and past research and evaluation projects in FGDM, practice tips, information on policy and protocols, and an explanation of the history and key principles of FGDM.

The Center itself provides training and technical assistance; sponsors yearly roundtables; and publishes curricula, research studies, and practice and policy manuals. FGDM, which developed first in New Zealand, offers an alternative to traditional child welfare case planning. FGDM provides a nonadversarial process through which families, communities, and agencies collaborate on behalf of children who have been abused or neglected.

For more information, contact:
National Center on Family Group Decision Making
63 Iverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112-5117
Tel.: 800-227-4645 or 303-792-9900
Fax: 303-792-5333