Each of the boards meet one time per month. A different Citizen Review Board meets every Wednesday of the month. The review times times are from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Generally three different families meet with the CRB assigned to them in that time frame.
Citizen Review Board (CRB) FAQ
List of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the Citizen Review Board (CRB).
The duties and responsibilities of a CRB volunteer are set out in K. S. A. 38-1813. A CRB volunteer shall:
- Review cases, receive verbal information from all parties with pertinent information about the cases, and access information in the court's case file.
- Determine the progress that has been made to acquire a permanent home for children in foster care, or recommend sentencing and review progress toward rehabilitation for juvenile offenders.
- Suggest alternative goals for the cases, if progress is insufficient.
- Make recommendations to the presiding judge regarding further actions on the cases.
You can read the complete volunteer job description on the CRB Volunteer Information page.
Volunteers must complete four hours of ongoing or "in-service" training each calendar year. CRB volunteers may attend workshops as arranged by the CRB or CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) programs or complete applicable readings. Documentation of participation is required. You can visit the 'CASA' website at https://dccasa.org/.
A CRB volunteer must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Douglas County, Kansas, and successfully complete the following screening procedure:
- Complete a CRB Volunteer Application (PDF format) which requests information regarding educational background, employment history, and personal experience with child abuse and neglect, and three references.
- Pass a records check through state child abuse registries and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and national criminal data bases.
- Participate in a personal interview.
- Complete no less than 6 hours of specialized training.
- Individuals successfully passing the screening process are certified as CRB volunteers. Once certified, a volunteer is eligible to be assigned a Board.