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Enhancing the Foster Care Review Process: The Case of Kentucky's Interested Party Review Program

NCJ Number
Juvenile and Family Court Journal Volume: 61 Issue: 1 Dated: Winter 2010 Pages: 32-54
Valerie Bryan; Crystal Collins-Camargo; Stephanie Rhee
Date Published
23 pages
This study examines Kentucky's foster care review program.
In order to promote timely permanency for children in out-of-home care, citizen foster care review programs employ volunteers to monitor progress for children in the child welfare system. In addition to case file reviews, Kentucky implemented an Interested Party Review system in which foster care review board members meet with family members and child welfare staff in order to glean more detailed and multifaceted information to submit to the court. This article describes a mixed-methods program evaluation demonstrating the contribution of such a review process to judicial decisionmaking and child outcome, as well as recommendations for program improvement. Tables and references (Published Abstract)