What court cases do CRBs review?
By Kansas law, CRB is to review the case of a child who is the subject of a Child In Need of Care (CINC) petition filed by the District Attorney’s office. CINC cases can be filed by the District Attorney for a variety of reasons, including abuse, neglect, and truancy.
What happens at a CRB?
At the scheduled date and time, CRB members receive verbal information from all parties with pertinent information about the cases. CRB members prepare for the meeting in advance and create questions for participants at the CRB based on the information in the court's case file which the CRB Director provides.
Who supervises the volunteers and how many volunteers are there?
Volunteers are recruited, screened, trained and supervised by a CRB Director, who is a paid staff member. Each Citizen Review Board may have three to seven members. In Douglas County, the District Court administers the CRB program and supervises the CRB Director.
Who may serve be on a CRB?
CRB applicants must:
- be a least 18 years old;
- reside in the judicial district in which they apply to serve;
- have a special interest in children;
- complete a written application asking for educational background, employment history, and personal experience with child abuse and neglect;
- provide three references;
- successfully complete an interview;
- pass background checks;
- complete at least 12 hours of specialized training;
- be approved & selected by CRB Director; and
- be appointed & swear or affirm an oath of office and appointment by the judge.