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-February 4, 2013 New Board Member Orientation
Utilizing local citizens in the review process for children in foster care promotes community awareness and responsibility for addressing the problem of child abuse and neglect.
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.
APPOINTMENT TO LOCAL BOARDS
Local Review Board Members are appointed to serve on local boards by the Governor, upon the recommendation of their legislative delegations. Each local board consists of five members who must be residents of the judicial circuit they represent.
RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE BOARD
Local review boards meet one day per month at the Department of Social Services (DSS) offices in the assigned counties of their judicial circuit. It is at these meetings that each child's case is reviewed. After each review, the local Board issues a recommendation that addresses what they have determined to be the best permanent plan for the child. This information is filed with the Family Court and sent to Social Services and interested parties. Additionally, review board members evaluate the state of foster care in South Carolina, make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and are actively involved in legislative matters involving child welfare issues. Review boards help identify gaps in available services to children and families and strive to promote community awareness about these issues.
REVIEW BOARD VACANCIES
Anyone interested in serving on a local Review Board is urged to contact their local legislative delegation. The Children's 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.
To fill a vacancy on a local review boards, you must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit to spending one day per month reviewing cases. If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer with the South Carolina Children's Foster Care Review Board, please contact the Division of Foster Care Review at (803) 734-0480, or by mail at 1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201.