Family Group Decision Making and Family Finding
Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM) is a meeting about your family. It brings together your family, friends, caseworker, and service providers to work as a team. Family Finding (FF) includes engaging, locating and actively involving your family, kin, and your community; surrounding your child(ren) with a lifelong network of supports.
Family Finding Act 118 of 2022 was put in place to involve families when children enter into the child welfare system to promote involvement and is the law in Pennsylvania. In addition to other professionals, the caseworker may ask about family and friends to help support the child and family. Both Family Finding and Family Group empower the family to be in the driver’s seat, giving them support in making decisions and providing support to all involved. More information can be found on the OCFC webpage here. (https://ocfcpacourts.us/childrens-roundtable-initiative/family-engagement-initiative/family-finding/).
FGDM is an option that may be offered to you by your social worker if your children have been referred to Children and Youth Services. The meeting is about your family taking charge, and the goal is to help you work out a safety plan to address the care of your children. If you choose a Family Group Decision-Making meeting, you are allowing the important people in your lives to share their knowledge, their concerns and the strengths they see in your family to help you in making the best decisions possible for your children. Click here to see the Family Finding/Family Group Decision Making brochure.
- Families are the best place to raise children.
- All families have strengths.
- Families want to protect their children.
- Families can make good decisions.
- Agencies can support families.
- Providers can help families to develop a safety plan.
- Creative solution-making is the focus of the Family Group Decision-Making meeting.