FGCs for ACB Families

The ACB-FGC for Families includes:

Training ACB-FGC Coordinators:

The coordinators are the heart of this program. The ACB-FGC has developed a culturally-adapted training model that helps coordinators work with families from an Anti-Black Racism lens (see Education & Training for more info).

Referrals:

ACB families are referred to the program by children’s aid societies and community partners. The program is voluntary for families.

Family Group Conference Planning:

The coordinator works with the family and the case worker to determine the family’s needs and goals for the family group conference (FGC) as outlined in a plan.

Community Outreach and Information Sharing:

Working with the family, the coordinator engages family, friends, community members, faith leaders, case workers and organizational staff, to share information for the FGC and to develop a plan that prioritizes the family’s voice but adheres to expectations set by the Children’s Aid Society.

Family Group Conference:

The coordinator organizes an FGC. This conference brings together all of the individuals outlined in the family’s plan and works towards agreement on that plan. Note that FGCs may be provided in person or digitally pending COVID-19 restrictions.

Post-Conference Report and Follow Up:

After the initial FGC the coordinator will prepare a report to be shared with the family, children’s aid society and any other relevant parties.

Evaluation:

An evaluation coordinator will reach out to clients to complete a short telephone survey to get their feedback on their experience.