Volunteer for FCRB
The Iowa Foster Care Review Board Program (FCRB) recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve on local community boards working to improve how permanency is achieved for Iowa children placed in foster care. Over 60 local boards meet monthly to review the status of children who have been removed from their parents. Advisory recommendations in the child's best interests are provided by the boards to the Court and other system officials.
- Persons age 21 and older can apply to serve. FCRB members represent various social, economic, racial and ethnic groups and occupations.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, assess written and verbal communication, be objective and effectively communicate with persons who attend foster care reviews.
- Ability to work as a team to formulate findings and recommendations.
- Volunteers must be able to commit to a three-year term, which consists of one daytime meeting per month or every other month and time spent reading case files in preparation for the meeting day.
- Pass criminal and background checks.
- Approved by the State Board.
Application, Screening and Training:
- Submit an application with three references.
- Consent to background checks
- Participate in an interview with the local coordinator
- Pre-Service Training
- Module 1: Personal Study (1.5 hours)
- Module 2: In-Person (8 hours)
- Module 3: Observe a local board (3-5 hours)
- Oath of Confidentiality with local judge
Time commitment: FCRB volunteers average approximately 10-15 hours per month reading case documents and attending the board meeting. This varies considerably, depending on the number of children who are scheduled to be reviewed in a given month. Agendas are distributed 30 days prior to the meeting so volunteers know well in advance the timeframe for the meeting day.
FCRB volunteers also complete an additional six (6) hours of in-service training each year to prepare and enhance their skills to fulfill their role as a board member.
For more information on the FCRB, click here.