Citizen Review Panels

Washington State Citizen Review Panel program was established in 1999 in response to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requiring states to develop and establish Citizen Review Panels. The Panels' purpose is to provide new opportunities for citizens to play an integral role in reviewing whether the state is meeting its goals of protecting children from abuse and neglect.

Citizen Review Panels' participants are members of the community who volunteer their time and energy to improve the lives of Washington's children. These volunteers bring a valuable array of perspectives, experiences, and expertise.

Washington has three Citizen Review Panels:

Child, Youth and Family Statewide Advisory Committee
This committee is made up of volunteer representatives with expert knowledge and experience in child welfare. The committee meets a minimum of six times per year and assists us in developing and delivering policies and services to increase the safety, permanent living arrangements, and well being of children and strengthening families.

Oversight Committee
This committee represents Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Walla Walla, Franklin and Columbia counties and has been meeting since 1986. This committee was formed in response to passage of a Washington law in 1983 for a provision for local volunteer oversight groups. In 1999 the committee volunteered to serve as one of Washington CRP's.

Indian Advisory Council - Indian Child Welfare Subcommittee
This subcommittee has been meeting for at least 15 years and recently agreed to participate as Washington's 3rd CRP. This group is charged reviewing policies, procedures and legislative bills associated with Children's Administration (now DCYF) and making recommendations on their development and final drafts. It is also a venue for tribes to provide information to us such as changes to tribal codes and laws, changes in tribal leadership and line staff and voicing concerns about child abuse and neglect issues and sharing information and resources.

2017 CAPTA Report (on 2016 activities)

2017 CAPTA report 

  • Children, Youth and Family Statewide Advisory Committee
  • Oversight Committee
  • Indian Policy Advisory Subcommittee
  • Children's Administration Response to Citizen Review Panels