As part of Family Connections Oregon, this training curriculum was developed to teach the theoretical foundations, applications and facilitation skills required for a variety of collaborative team decision-making models used in child welfare. It can be used in its entirety, with some modifications and/or sections may be excerpted independently to train staff on various components.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the historical context of Family Meetings in Oregon, as well as nationally.
  2. Describe the philosophy and values that underlie the use of family meetings as an engagement strategy.
  3. Recognize the importance of family meetings in achieving the Children and Family Services Review (CFSR) goals of safety, permanency and well-being for children and families.
  4. Explain the role of the facilitator in the Family Meeting Process to various types of stakeholders.
  5. Articulate knowledge of and demonstrate ability to use engagement skills to prepare all participants for a Family Meeting.
  6. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to assess child and family strengths and needs in a culturally relevant and trauma-informed family meeting.
  7. Demonstrate increased skills and competency for facilitation of Family Meetings within child welfare including managing challenging team dynamics.
  8. Knowledge of facilitation approaches when there are cultural and linguistic issues in Family Meetings.
  9. Articulate the assessment and facilitation approaches needed when domestic violence exists.

Trainer Materials

Participant Handouts

Supplemental Resources

Additional resources on family engagement, family find and family group conferencing practice are available on our resources page.