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Topeka Kansas 66612-1507

Office of Judicial Administration
Fax:  785.296.7076
Email: info@kscourts.org

Appellate Clerk's Office
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org

Citizen Review Board (CRB) Program

What is a CRB?

A Citizen Review Board (CRB) is comprised of community volunteers who are appointed by the administrative judge of a judicial district to review the status of cases involving children in the child welfare or juvenile justice system. Each CRB is made up of no less than three members and no more than seven members.

The programs are administered locally either through the District Court or by a not-for-profit agency. The Kansas Supreme Court has established standards for CRB program operations. Programs are reviewed annually to insure that the programs are in compliance with these standards. Only programs meeting the standards are eligible to review cases assigned by the District Court.

What does a CRB volunteer do?

The duties and responsibilities of a CRB volunteer are set out in K. S. A. 38-2208. A CRB shall:

  • review cases, receive verbal information from all parties with pertinent information about the cases, and access information in the court's case file,
  • determine the progress which has been made to acquire a permanent home for the children,
  • suggest alternative goals for the cases, if progress is insufficient, and
  • make recommendations to the presiding judge regarding further actions on the cases.

How do you qualify to be a CRB?

A CRB volunteer must be a least 18 years of age. A potential volunteer must complete the following screening procedures:

  • complete a written application providing information which includes educational background, employment history, and personal experience with child abuse & neglect,
  • provide three references from persons unrelated to the applicant;
  • participate in a personal interview;
  • pass a records check through the state child abuse registry, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) National Criminal History Record Information (CHRI), the National Sex Offender Registry, and a fingerprint screen; and
  • complete no less than 12 hours of specialized training.

Individuals successfully passing the screening process can be certified as CRB volunteers. Once certified, a volunteer is eligible to be assigned to a Board.

Where are the CRB programs in Kansas?

Currently, eight of the thirty one judicial districts have certified CRB programs. A list of these programs is available on this web site.

Counties Served by Citizen Review Boards (State Program map)

Listing of Kansas Citizen Review Boards
Judicial District
Counties Served
3rd Judicial District
5th Judicial District
Chase and Lyon
7th Judicial District
9th Judicial District
Harvey and McPherson
20th Judicial Districts
24th Judicial Districts
27th Judicial District
28th Judicial District
Ottawa and Saline

For more information, contact Lana Walsh at (785)296-3059.