The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB), a division of the S.C. Department of Children's Advocacy, recommends permanent homes for the children in foster care and does so without unnecessary delays by:
- returning the child home or
- placing the child in another stable, permanent home.
Mission: The mission of the South Carolina Foster Care Review Board is to provide external accountability for the foster care system and to advocate on behalf of children in foster care.
Vision: South Carolina will make child well-being a top priority by assuring safe, permanent families for all children in foster care.
Citizens from each community to become involved in the child welfare system by participating in case reviews of all children who spend longer than four consecutive months in foster care. The objectives of these reviews are to ensure that permanent plans are being made for children and families; and, to promote community awareness about these issues.
Program History and Information
The South Carolina Foster Care Review Board was created in 1974 by the General Assembly to monitor the progress in achieving permanent placements for children in foster care. The Foster Care Review Board is administered by the S.C. Department of Children's Advocacy.
South Carolina was the first state to pass a law allowing citizens from each community to become involved in the child welfare system by participating in such case reviews and awareness. The South Carolina Foster Care Review Board is supported by a seven member State Board of Directors. The State Board meets quarterly and is responsible for reviewing and coordinating the activities of the Local Review Boards and making recommendations in an annual report.
Each of South Carolina's sixteen judicial circuits has at least one Local Review Board. Each Local Review Board is made up of five community volunteers appointed by the Governor. A professional staff person from the Division of Foster Care Review coordinates the monthly review meetings of each local board. There are currently 42 Local Review Boards across the state that conduct semi-annual case reviews. There is at least one Local Review Board in each of the sixteen judicial circuits.
How to Get Involved
Anyone interested in serving on a Local Review Board is urged to contact their local legislative delegation. The South Carolina Foster Care Review Board immediately reports vacancies on local boards to the appropriate legislative delegation by registered mail. The local delegations then recommend placements to the Governor for appointment.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer with the South Carolina Foster Care Review Board, please contact the Division of Foster Care Review at 803-734-0480 or by mail at 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 436, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. You can also visit the website at http://fcrb.sc.gov/.
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