Families united

The YMCA Families United Project is a three year federally funded project designed to build evidence around the effectiveness of the Family Group Conferencing model in improving child welfare outcomes for children and families.


Our Goal:

  • To strengthen kinship caregiver and family capacity to care for children in a way that helps promote placement stability, safety, and well-being and that prevents children from entering or reentering the foster care system.

Who We Serve:

  • Kinship families
  • Extended foster care youth

Specific Services:

  • We place families as key participants in a process of decision making when their children come to the attention of child welfare (and youth justice) systems.
  • We allow families to come up with solutions and plans to protect the children in their family, rather than systems and institutions.
  • We serve Kinship caregivers and foster care youth through the Family Group Conferencing process, with the goal of the family creating a network of support that provides safety, connection and both legal & relational permanency.

did you know...

Family Group Conferencing started in New Zealand in 1989 through the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act