History of FGDM
In 2012, the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect assumed leadership for the National Center on Family Group Decision Making, which has mission to build community capacity to implement high-quality, effective FGDM processes that are philosophically congruent with the central values and beliefs of this approach. The National Center on FGDM’s home at the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is very fitting. Almost forty years ago, in 1976, the Kempe Center’s founder, Dr. C. Henry Kempe, promoted the idea that when children are abused or neglected, it is important to work with the entire family.
Since its’ inception in 1999, the National Center on FGDM has been a leader in promoting the integration of FGDM philosophy and processes into system that work with vulnerable children and families. We have supported over 300 communities in the implementation of FGDM, including training and consultation, technical assistance, and coaching and evaluation support. As evidenced by our activities, the National Center on FGDM serves to create links, share resources, and provide various services to broaden knowledge about this way of reorganizing systems to work differently with families. We strive to disseminate this information through this dedicated website on FGDM, and by hosting an annual international conference and webinar series on FGDM and other family engagement approaches.
Our team has served as supervisors, coordinators, facilitators, training and coaching masters, practitioners, and program implementers in, and evaluators of, FGDM. Our team looks forward to supporting your community. Please contact us!