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Reviewing child cases in the court system

The chief judge of a judicial district appoints community volunteers to a citizen review board to review the status of cases involving children in the child welfare or juvenile justice system.

Each Citizen Review Board has three to seven members.

The district court or a not-for-profit agency administers the program.

The Kansas Supreme Court has established standards, and the boards are reviewed annually to ensure they are in compliance. 
 

What does a Citizen Review Board do?   

Board members:

  • review cases;

  • receive verbal information from all parties with pertinent information about the cases;

  • access information in the court's case file;

  • determine the progress which has been made to acquire a permanent home for the children; and

  • suggest alternative goals for the cases if progress is insufficient and recommend to the presiding judge further action.

K.S.A. 38-2208 establishes Citizen Review Boards

 

Volunteer for a Citizen Review Board

You must:

  • be a least 18 years old;

  • complete a written application asking for educational background, employment history, and personal experience with child abuse and neglect;

  • provide three references;

  • be interviewed; 

  • pass a background check; and 

  • complete at least 12 hours of specialized training. 

Judicial districts with a Citizen Review Board 

  • 3rd Judicial District

  • 5th Judicial District

  • 7th Judicial District

  • 9th Judicial District

  • 20th Judicial District

  • 24th Judicial District

  • 27th Judicial District

  • 28th Judicial District


For more information, email the judicial branch's court program analyst.



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