Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) with Lakota families in two tribal communities: tools to facilitate FGDM implementation and evaluation

Child Welfare. 2012;91(3):113-34.


This article describes an adapted Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) practice model for Native American communities, the FGDM family and community engagement process, and FGDM evaluation tools as one example for other native communities. Challenges and successes associated with the implementation and evaluation of these meetings are also described in the context of key historical and cultural factors, such as intergenerational grief and trauma, as well as past misuse of data in native communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Welfare / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Community-Institutional Relations / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Culture
  • Decision Making*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Intergenerational Relations*
  • Male
  • Models, Organizational
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Social Work / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Social Work / organization & administration
  • South Dakota
  • Stress, Psychological / rehabilitation