In addition to The Village, the U.S. Children’s Bureau also awarded a Family Connection Grant to each of the following organizations:
- American Humane Association, Englewood, CO
- Homes for Black Children, Detroit, MI
- Kids Central, Inc., Ocala, FL
- The Children's Home Society of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
- Ute Indian Tribe, Fort Duchesne, UT
- YMCA of San Diego County, San Diego, CA
All projects will test the effectiveness of Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) as a family-centered service approach that helps prevent children and youth from entering or re-entering foster care, thereby reducing the time that these children and families are involved with the child welfare system.
Projects will use FGDM meetings to engage families in building capacity to meet their children's needs by strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors for child abuse and neglect. Grant projects will develop knowledge which will help identify where in the service delivery system, with which populations and in which manner FGDM works best. These projects, along with The Village, will serve as demonstration sites that other agencies seeking to implement family engagement services can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication.
For a full description of each grantee project, please visit the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.