Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) are federally mandated mechanisms for citizen participation in child protection, through evaluation and public outreach. Each state is required to have at least one CRP. Volunteer panel members conduct an evaluation of their state and local child protective services (CPS) agencies, and collect public opinion on CPS policies and services. In South Carolina, there are three panels located in different geographic areas of the state. The Upstate Panel meets in Greenwood County; the Midlands Panel meets in Richland County; and the Lowcountry Panel meets in Charleston County. Panels review policies, procedures, and practices of the CPS system and make recommendations annually to the South Carolina Department of Social Services. These recommendations intend to help improve the CPS system and make a difference in the lives of children who are abused or neglected. Citizen Review Panels offer volunteers an effective way to share in the community’s responsibility to protect the children of South Carolina.
The Center for Child and Family Studies, located in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, coordinates the work of the CRP.
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering with one our panels. We seek the strengths and different perspectives offered by persons of various cultural backgrounds, religions, ethnicity, gender, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and age. The only qualification is a desire to improve the lives of children in South Carolina.
Interim Director, The Center for Child and Family Studies
South Carolina Citizen Review Panels
USC College of Social Work
Columbia SC 29208