States may use foster care review boards to conduct biannual reviews of children in out-of-home care. These boards examine individual cases, and they also use the aggregate information to examine the procedures and practices that affect children and youth in care and their families, making recommendations for program improvements. Resources in this section, including State and local examples, describe the review board process.
Case Planning and Review: Separate and Apart
Explains the key functions of foster care review and why it should not be consolidated with case planning. Discusses alternative strategies for saving caseworker and child/family time and improving effectiveness.
Supporting Safety Through Case Review
Explains how case review can be used to monitor safety throughout the critical decision points in a case and discusses the development of safety-related review protocol.
Children's Foster Care Review Board
South Carolina Office of the Governor
Contains information on the foster care case review programs in South Carolina, including composition and work of State and local boards, semiannual newsletters, and annual data reports.
Finding Permanent Homes: A Joint Study by the Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (PDF - 3,973 KB)
Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (2009)
Summarizes findings from a review of 230 cases that investigated the barriers youth face in finding permanent homes.
Foster Care Case Review of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (PDF - 797 KB)
Center for the Support of Families (2011)
Examines a case review of 374 children in the custody of Oklahoma Department of Human Services and discusses child characteristics, child maltreatment, placement stability, achieving permanency for children in custody, services to children, sibling placement and visitation, and caseworker turnover.
Utah's Foster Care Review at a Crossroads: An Evaluation of System Performance and Stakeholder Perceptions
Examines the effectiveness of the State's case review process by exploring the history of child welfare reform and case review in Utah, using results of stakeholder surveys and interviews. The report includes a summary overview of foster care review systems in other States.