Seeking FCRO Lincoln Review Board Members to Review Cases of Foster Care Children
Foster Care Review Office
The Foster Care Review Office is a State Agency put in place by the Nebraska Legislature to provide oversight of the Child Welfare System. As part of our mandate, we have 54 Citizen Review Boards across Nebraska that review the cases of children and youth in foster care. There are 13 such boards in Lincoln and we are seeking 6-8 board members to fill vacancies. Each board meets once a month at the same time, same day, at the same site. Board members go through a background check and are then trained prior to being assigned to a local review board. Each month the board member reviews 4-5 cases prior to their board meeting using an online secure SharePoint system. Board members come prepared to discuss the cases, make findings and recommendations that are then provided in a report to the legal parties in the case. These recommendations and findings help ensure that children do not linger in foster care.
About Foster Care Review Office
1225 L. St., Suite 401, Lincoln, NE 68508, US
The Foster Care Review Office’s Mission is to provide oversight of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems by tracking and reviewing children in out-of-home care, reporting on aggregate outcomes, and advocating on individual and systemic levels to ensure that children’s best interests and safety needs are met. Our Vision is that every child involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems becomes resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure.
The Foster Care Review Office is an independent state agency put in place by the Legislature in 1982. The FCRO has been given the authority and responsibility for reviewing cases of children in out-of-home care through Department of Health and Human Services, Juvenile Probation, or on a Trial Home Visit through DHHS, and making required recommendations regarding the plan for the child’s future (known as the permanency plan), services for the child and family, and the appropriateness and safety of the child’s placement (foster home, group home, detention facility, or specialized facility). Central to all recommendations is what is in the best interest of the child.