2003 Jordan Institute
8, No. 2
Family Team Meetings and MRS
Under North Carolina's
Multiple Response System (MRS), county departments of social services
use a form of family conferences known as child and family team meetings
with families involved with child protective services. Agencies may
use any commonly accepted family conferencing model or devise their
own. Under MRS:
family team meetings occur within seven days of the
time the decision is made to substantiate or reach a finding of services
function of these meetings is to engage the family and other interested
parties in joint decision-making and to provide the family with support.
meeting addresses the familys strengths and needs and how these
affect the childs safety, permanence, and well-being; it also
results in a plan that specifies what must occur to help the family
safely parent the children.
a meeting is with the family. Therefore the family and
the social worker jointly decide who will be invited to the meeting.
Typically families invite their parents, the child (if appropriate),
and other supportive people.
family teams are involved with the family throughout the life of the
case, even if it is necessary to remove a child from the home due
to safety issues.
meetings require a trained, neutral facilitator to prepare for, facilitate,
and follow up after the meeting
To learn more about North
Carolina's Multiple Response System, visit <http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/childrensservices/mrs/index.htm>.