FFCR Welcomes Five New Citizen Review Panel Program Volunteers

After completing a CRP observation, two and half information-packed days of pre-service training and a courtroom observation, FFCR is very happy to welcome five new volunteers for our Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Program.  These amazing individuals each have different professional backgrounds – ranging from real estate to health care administration.  During pre-service training volunteers learned about the child welfare system, relevant law and policy, the legal process, as well as the services, interventions and resources available to assist children involved with the dependency court. Our new recruits also engaged in several ‘mock’ CRP review hearings to practice implementing the skills and using the knowledge gained throughout the training. With the pre-service training under their belts, our newest volunteers became official Citizen Review Panel members during a swearing-in ceremony by The Honorable Jason Dimitris.  

Our next pre-service training will be January 31, 2019 and February 7, 2019.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here to learn more about the qualifications and pre-requisites. For more information contact Marissa Leichter at (305) 679-2740 or mleichter@fostercarereview.org

Review Specialist Lynette Montañez discusses the importance of mental health issues when considering judicial review findings.

The Honorable Jason DImitris welcomes FFCR volunteers to observe proceedings in his courtroom and thanks them for their service to Miami’s most vulnerable children and families.

FFCR welcomes its five new Fall 2018 volunteers.