Department of Children and Youth - Focus Group Consent Form

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Dear Parent or Guardian,

The City of Richmond’s Department of Children and Youth would like to invite your child to share their thoughts about programs available for children and youth by taking part in a focus group. The Department of Children and Youth is collaborating with community organizations across Richmond and North Richmond and is working with Hatchuel Tabernik & Associates (an independent consulting group) to assess the resources and needs of youth so that City resources can be allocated to serve them.

Focus Groups: We plan to conduct a focus group to help us learn more about youth and their perspectives on programs, to get their input, and hear about what resources they would like to see. Your child is invited to participate in this discussion with peers to answer questions about their experience. The focus group is expected to take about 90 minutes and will be recorded so that we may listen attentively to your child during the discussion and take notes.

Confidentiality: The goal is to gather information about programs, not your child. The group moderators (either staff from a community organization or from Hatchuel Tabernik & Associates) will not gather or use full names to identify participants and your child’s feedback will remain confidential. No comments will be connected with any child’s name in our analysis and reporting. We hope that the focus group will provide us with insight into how programs for children and youth can be enhanced to help all children and youth in Richmond and North Richmond.

Voluntary Participation: Your child’s participation in this focus group is voluntary. Your child is free to refuse to take part, and may refuse to answer any of the questions, or may stop participating at any point. (However, youth often report that they find the experience fun!) Whether your child participates or not will have no bearing on their standing at school or in any programs in which they currently participate.

Award: After completion of the focus group, each participant will receive a $75 Target gift card for their participation.

If you agree to allow your child to participate in this focus group, please sign, date, and submit below.

Thank you very much,

Department of Children and Youth

Contact information:
Phone: 510-620-6523

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