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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 2, No. 1
Winter 1997

Benefits of "Action Meetings"

  • They can clear up miscommunication and dispel feelings of resentment among agencies.

  • Meeting in a supportive atmosphere where everything is clearly stated can help parents see social workers as advocates, not adversaries.

  • Social workers sometimes realize that they don't have all the responsibility for making decisions and implementing solutions to a family's problems.

  • The collaborative atmosphere of the meeting often leads a family to volunteer to do some of the footwork (e.g., having their house sprayed for pests); it also leads to closer cooperation among agencies.

1997 Jordan Institute for Families