Albany County Department for
CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 300 | Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7324 | Fax: (518) 447-7578
Gail Geohagen-Pratt, Commissioner

Family Team Meeting

Family team meetings (FTM) engage and empower families to take an active role in making decisions and developing plans that protect their children from enduring further abuse and neglect. The evidence informed practice fosters cooperation, collaboration, and communication between professionals and families by recognizing that the families are the experts on their own children.

The FTM facilitator encourages and guides the family members and their supports to make decisions to keep their children safe.

The FTM process also provides families with skills and resources that they can use in the future, decreasing their involvement with the Child Protective System.