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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?  

Citizen review boards are established by K.S.A. 38-2208.

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.


Volunteer for a citizen review board

To volunteer, 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 

Citizen Review Board Programs

File a complaint

If you believe a citizen review board has violated the Standards for Kansas CRB Programs, you may file a complaint with the Office of Judicial Administration.

File a complaint against a CRB program



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