Iowa’s Citizen Foster Care Review Boards (ICFCRB or FCRB) provide independent third-party citizen review of cases in the foster care system. A total of 27 local boards meet monthly or bi-monthly to review the status of children who have been removed from their parents. These boards provide to the Court and other system officials advisory recommendations of what is in the children’s best interests.
Through joint efforts of citizens, the legislature, and the governor, the FCRB program was signed into law in July, 1984. Not all counties in Iowa have a review board; some counties have more than one active board, and some boards review cases from multiple counties. The current local boards review cases in 50 of Iowa's counties. Explore these pages to learn more.