Arizona Citizen Review Panel Program
The mission of the Citizen Review Panel Program is to assess the Child Protective Services system and make recommendations for continuous improvement that will help ensure the safety and well being of Arizona children and families.
The Arizona Citizen Review Panel Program began in 1999 in response to a 1996 amendment to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requiring states to establish Citizen Review Panels. Three regional panels are located in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.
Citizen Review Panels review Child Protective Services state policies, current practices, pertinent data, and case file information on child fatalities and near fatalities due to maltreatment. The panels evaluate the Child Protective Services relationship with foster care, adoption and other related agencies. The Panels make recommendations to Child Protective Services for system changes and improvements and submit annual reports of activities and goals.
Volunteer panels address important issues related to Child Protective Services (CPS). Volunteers bring an array of experiences and perspectives and provide advocacy for the protection and welfare of children. Panels gather every three months (quarterly) and may require two hours for preliminary training and approximately three hours in meeting participation. If you cannot attend the panel meetings in person, you can still be a valuable resource.
Panels are comprised of twelve to fifteen volunteers who are broadly representative of communities. Members may be:
* Private Citizens
* Child & Family Advocates
* Legal Professionals
* Law Enforcement
* Health Care Professionals
* Mental Health Specialists
* Social Service Providers
* Adoptive and Foster Care Parents
* Foster Care Alumni
* Tribal Affiliated
* Faith-Based Organizations
2013 Annual Report
Past Annual Reports
|Sandra Lescoe, MSW
Phone: (602) 496-1487
Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
College of Public ProgramsArizona State University
500 North 3rd Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2135
Phone: (602) 496-1470
Fax: (602) 496-1494
The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy wishes to thank the following organizations: La Paloma Family Services in Tucson, and United Way of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.