Family Group Conference: A Strengths-Based Approach to Child Welfare

This webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern), will explore ways in which people can apply Family Group Conferencing to caring and vulnerable children and families.

So often, decisions about child well-being are made by experts and outsiders, who may possess a strong understanding of theoretical frameworks, but who lack knowledge of the special circumstances surrounding a specific situation. Family Group Conferencing offers family, extended kin, and support networks a stronger voice in the decisions that affect the care of the children they love. It focuses on what assets this community can provide, and affirms the knowledge families have of themselves and their circumstances. This tool can be applied to diverse settings and situations, including those about placement and permanency, juvenile justice, domestic violence, placement disruptions, child welfare, and serious health concerns.

Presenters:

Rob van Pagée, trained social worker and founder of the Eigen Kracht Centrale in the Netherlands, the Dutch Center for Family Group Conferences and restorative Practices

Hedda van Lieshout from Eigen Kracht Centrale

This is module 12 in the CAF Knowledge and Practice webinar series.