Contact Person: Keli Drake
Contact Phone: (360) 902-7871
Founded In: 1999
Funding: Funding: One regional panel is funded at the local level. The other two panels, comprised of volunteers throughout the state, are funded by Children’s
Washington State Citizen Review Panel program was established in 1999 in response to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requiring states to develop and establish Citizen Review Panels. The Panels' purpose is to provide new opportunities for citizens to play an integral role in reviewing whether the state is meeting its goals of protecting children from abuse and neglect.
Citizen Review Panels' participants are members of the community who volunteer their time and energy to improve the lives of Washington's children. These volunteers bring a valuable array of perspectives, experiences, and expertise.
Washington has three Citizen Review Panels:
Child, Youth and Family Statewide Advisory Committee
This committee is made up of volunteer representatives with expert knowledge and experience in child welfare. The committee meets a minimum of six times per year and assists CA in developing and delivering policies and services to increase the safety, permanent living arrangements, and well being of children and strengthening families.
Region 2 Oversight Committee
This committee represents Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Walla Walla, Franklin and Columbia counties and has been meeting since 1986This committee was formed in response to passage of a Washington law in 1983 for a provision for local volunteer oversight groups. In 1999 the committee volunteered to serve as one of Washington CRP's.
CA Indian Advisory Council - Indian Child Welfare Subcommittee
This subcommittee has been meeting for at least 15 years and recently agreed to participate as Washington's 3rd CRP. This group is charged reviewing policies, procedures and legislative bills associated with Children's Administration and making recommendations on their development and final drafts. It is also a venue for tribes to provide information to CA such as changes to tribal codes and laws, changes in tribal leadership and line staff and voicing concerns about child abuse and neglect issues and sharing information and resources.
2008 CAPTA Reports
2007 CAPTA Reports
2006 CAPTA Reports
2005 CAPTA Reports
2003 CAPTA Report