Creating a Constructive Practice: Family and Professional Partnership in High-risk Child Protection Case Conferences

Olmsted County Child & Family Services in Rochester, Minnesota, developed a family case conferencing approach in the juvenile court system involving children determined to be at high risk of maltreatment. This approach reflects the value of family involvement by privileging the knowledge and problem-solving capacities of family members joined by the presence and views of the professionals in their lives.

The Parallel Protection Process (P3) is an alternative justice intervention that uses a family case planning conference (FCPC) as the forum to achieve a settlement agreement in the initial child protection matter before the court. The FCPC includes an option of family group decision making when there is need for more detailed decision making. Mediation is also an option in the event of a dispute between parties.

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