Citizen Review Panels

Citizen Review Panels (CRP) are groups of citizen-volunteers who are federally mandated to conduct an evaluation of their state's child protective services. The panels were established under the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). On October 3, 1996, Congress amended the CAPTA by directing states to support and improve child protection systems. The amendment specifically required each state to establish at least three citizen review panels to evaluate how effectively state and local agencies are fulfilling their child protection responsibilities. The Act was later revised and reauthorized as the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010.

Citizen review panels provide opportunities for community members to play an integral role in ensuring that the child protection system is protecting children from abuse and neglect and helping find permanent, safe, and stable homes for children when necessary. The citizen review panels represent the points of view of the community and consumers, who work in partnership with citizens, community agencies, county child protective services, and the DCF. Panels have flexibility in determining how to proceed, identifying projects or activities that interest and best support each panel's areas of interest and expertise. More information about the CRP role and requirements are attached.

If you would like to learn more about citizen review panels in general, please visit the National Citizen Review Panel web site at Agencies or groups that are interested in more information about becoming a Wisconsin citizen review panel should contact the Prevention Initiatives Coordinator.

CRP Annual Reports

DCF Responses to Annual Reports


CRP State Project on the Child Fatality Review System

Contact Information

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