Federal legislation requires that cases of children in out-of-home care be reviewed at least every 6 months, either by a court or through administrative review. An administrative review may be conducted by a variety of individuals, but at least one should not have responsibility for case management or service delivery to the child or his/her parents. These reviews may examine an individual case for purposes of permanency planning or may be part of a wider process examining the effectiveness of the system as a whole. Resources in this section describe the various types of administrative reviews used in child welfare cases, particularly as they are used to examine programs and practices as part of an overall systems improvement effort.
- Qualitative case review
- Foster care review boards
- Institutional review boards
- Peer review boards
- Youth advisory boards
Information Packet: Systemic Factors: Case Review Systems (PDF - 73 KB)
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2009)
Explains components of case review systems, one of the seven systemic factors that are evaluated in the Federal Child and Family Services Review process.
DCFS Administrative Case Review Statewide Evaluation (PDF - 1536 KB)
Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services and Hornby Zeller Associates (2009)
Presents results from an administrative case review in Arkansas involving more than a thousand foster care and protective services cases, with a focus on quality of casework, rather than simple compliance with law and policy. The report also examines the elements of the casework process that seem to be correlated to successful outcomes.
The Relationship Between Timely Case Review, Review Findings, and Child Welfare Outcomes (PDF - 1434 KB)
University of Denver (2008)
Examines the relationship between timely completion of administrative case review and child welfare permanency outcomes in Colorado. The author concludes that administrative case review intervention in Colorado promotes shorter lengths of stay in out-of-home care and improves permanency for children.