Family Group Conferences


We are all born and live in families. Every family is unique with its own culture, personalities, individual dynamics and history. Every family goes through difficulties and problems every now and then. There are difficult situations related with children, youth, parents, older people in the family which might be sorted out easily with the support of relatives and friends. There are also cases when some help from health specialists, educational institutions, social services or other agencies could be necessary.

 The Family group conference is a way to find out solutions to various problems when children, parents, members of the extended family, friends come together to make a plan. It is based on an old traditional and easy to understand concept – the power of the family circle. The family conference provides an opportunity chance for the family to get together, mobilize its own strengths and resources and to make the best possible plan to overcome the problems of a child or another member of the family. The members of the family take the decisions and the responsibilities. The professional do not decide – they provide the necessary information, support and services. 

Tulip Foundation laid the fundament for the application of the method Family Group conference in Bulgaria in 2011 with the Trust in the Family Programme with partnership of Eigen Kracht Centrale. Tulip Foundation is an active member of the EU FGC network.


Last news

Human towers and family circles

Members of the European FGC Network from various countries came together in Vic, Catalonia, in the last days of September. It was exciting and very busy meeting after many moths of only virtual talks and meetings. And we all had so much to exchange, to discuss, to plan, to share… that the meeting days and the evenings were not enough.

We began with community stories from Catalonia – the Human Value story of the local partners from Castell-Platja d'Aro and La Colla Cuidadora. We talked about the impact of FGC on the social system, the next generation of teams, youth conferences and youth circles, emergency FGC, divorce and child’s participation, quality assurance, FGC as a personal choice v/s quick easy solutions, the Lifelong links model and other topics of common interest in parallel Open Space sessions.

We had fascinating time listening and learning about Castellers (human towers) - centuries old Catalan tradition. During the practical session and the rehearsal, we found out how much building a human tower is connected with the concept of bringing together the family group to make together a plan. We built our Casteller with shared efforts and unforgettable emotions. The meeting ended with a closing circle and traditional Catalan Dance Sardana.

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