Group Decision Making (FGDM)
IS A Pilot PROGRAM
CURRENTLY BEING UTILIZED BY
Bernardino County Dept. of Children and Family Services
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) is a strength-based,
family-focused intervention process mediated by a
facilitator. The FGDM meeting is designed to strengthen the
natural care-giving system for the children. Invitees to a
FGDM meeting may include family members, family identified
support persons, CFS caseworkers and other service
providers. These participants assist the family in creating
and following through on a plan that provides for the
safety, attachment and permanency needs of the children.
The practice principals for the FGDM Program are:
Safety of the
child and participants is of paramount concern.
conference is one where the family is empowered to make
safe and appropriate decisions regarding the safety,
permanency and well being of their children, AND these
decisions are acceptable to the professionals involved
with the case.
Group Decision Making Conference must be voluntary.
The real and
perceived neutrality and impartiality of the facilitator
is key for a successful conference.
should be given all of the necessary information and
time to make informed and well reasoned decisions for
For information on this program, contact (909) 383-9800.