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Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTM)

What is a Child and Family Team Meeting?

  • Child and family team meetings bring family members together so that, with the support of professionals and community resources, they can create a plan that ensures child safety and meets the family's needs. The family has input about those involved with the process.

Who can attend the meetings?

  • Parents and children are an essential part of any Child and Family Team Meeting. Family members are encouraged to invite people they feel will be supportive to them including relatives, community representatives, friends, neighbors, clergy, teachers, etc.

What happens at the meetings?

  • A trained facilitator will lead a discussion directed at the goals established by the child and/or family. The primary purpose for each Child and Family Team Meeting is to make meaningful and thoughtful decisions about a child and a family to help the family plan for the future.

What does Kern County Department of Human Services (KCDHS) expect of families at the meeting?

  • KCDHS views parents, other family members and guardians as experts in how the family operates. The Child and Family Team members will look to the family to find out what will help the team to establish the goals of the meeting. The family may also identify outside supports to join the team that may help the family achieve its goals.

For more information about the Child and Family Team Meeting process, please click on the link below:

CFTM Brochure (English) CFTM Brochure (Spanish)