Juvenile Court of Memphis Foster Care Review Board

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Justice & Legal


616 Adams AvenueMemphis, TN 38105 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Foster care review is an accountability mechanism created to promote the permanency, safety, and well-being of children in foster care. Review boards act in an advisory capacity only and are staffed primarily by volunteers. As board members you: ▪ Support the safety, permanency and well-being of children in care. ▪ Facilitate communication among systems. ▪ Assist in case planning and judges in their work.


In 1976, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law mandating foster care review by citizen review boards. Foster Care Review Board is composed of citizen volunteers appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge. The board serves as the quasi-judicial function of advising the Court about the permanency process of each child in foster care. Foster care was originally designed to serve as temporary placement for children. Tens of thousands of children are growing up in foster care, with no plans or hope for a permanent home. In an effort to move children to a permanent home as soon as possible, the foster care review system was created, linking the efforts of child welfare agencies, the courts, and community resources.


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