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
The Relationship Between Timely Case Review, Review Findings, and Child Welfare Outcomes (PDF - 1,434 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.