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Facilitated family engagement meetings provide families that have an open child welfare case with case planning meetings aimed at resolving identified safety concerns as effectively and efficiently as possible. Meetings are designed to value live decision making and the importance of the family’s voice as the best way to promote safety and permanency.
Facilitated family engagement meetings follow a structured and intentional format that ensures that each meeting meets the goals of:
Facilitated family engagement meetings are led by a trained neutral facilitator who is responsible for encouraging open and transparent dialogue. Facilitators lead meetings that take place before or immediately after case opening and occur consistently throughout involvement to encourage case progress.
The Colorado Department of Human Services has developed facilitated family engagement resources including:
All of these resources can be found below or on the Forms webpage under Child Welfare Forms & Helpful Documents in the Facilitated family engagement resources folder.