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A Perspective From American Humane on Family Group Conferencing

4/7/2005:   American Humane has released an issue brief on family group conferencing that traces the ideas and developments that were fundamental to building shared decision-making practice with families in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Cultural issues have been at the heart of practice change in Aotearoa, New Zealand since reports have highlighted issues of institutional racism experienced by Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Maori were, and continue to be, over-represented in welfare statistics. In the early 1980s, the government launched a system of care in partnership with iwi, the tribal structure of Maori society. The system used kinship structures within a fostering framework to care for Maori children.

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