The mission of the Children's Foster Care Review Board is to provide external accountability for the foster care system and to advocate on the behalf of children in foster care. In order to accomplish this mission a panel of five citizen members and one professional support staff review the cases of every child who remains in a foster care home for at least four consecutive months, and again every six months until the children reaches the age of eighteen or is no longer in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
The purpose of the Children's Foster Care Review Board is to recommend a permanent home for the child in foster care without unnecessary delay by returning to child home or placement the child in another stable, permanent home. Foster care review promotes safety and permanence, identifies gaps in services, and increases public awareness regarding abuse and neglect.
Policy 15.00 Foster Parents and Guardians ad Litem - In order to maintain independent oversight of cases reviewed, as of September 1, 2011, a Foster Parent with an active foster care license or a volunteer Guardian ad Litem does not qualify for service on a local foster care review board. Any Foster Parent or Guardian ad Litem serving on a local review board as of September 1, 2011, may continue to serve until his or her successor is appointed and qualifies.
Additional details regarding the Children's Foster Care Review Board is available on their website at www.oepp.sc.gov/fcrb/.
- Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of February, August and November at 9:30 a.m.
- Meetings last at least six hours.
- Meetings are held in the Department of Social Services Conference Room.