Foster Care Review Board
Your can make a difference…one day a month.
Arizona’s Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) Program is regarded as a model review program nationwide. Over 500 dedicated volunteers statewide serve on review boards overseeing the progress of children who have been removed from their homes. Volunteers play a key role in advocating for permanency and the best interests of Arizona’s most vulnerable children.
Arizona has established at least one Foster Care Review Board in each Arizona county to review the cases of children living in out-of-home placements. In more populous counties, a review board is established for every 100 children. Each year, volunteers conduct thousands of reviews statewide for children who have been removed from their home and who reside in foster care.
Each volunteer is appointed to a three year term and is assigned to a review board that meets the same day each month (i.e., first Monday, third Thursday, etc.) for approximately 6-8 hours. All review boards meet on a weekday during business hours. Some rural boards meet less often than once a month, but they meet at least twice a year. Additionally, volunteer spend approximately 6-8 hours a month reviewing case information in preparation for the board meeting.
After undergoing a criminal background check, volunteers are appointed to a five-member board by the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge in their county. Volunteers must complete initial orientation training within the first six months of their appointment and 6-8 hours of continuing education each year.