New York State Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services
The New York State Citizen Review Panels are comprised of citizen volunteers who are authorized by law to examine the policies, procedures and practices of the State and social services districts and, where appropriate, specific cases. The Panels evaluate the extent to which the agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities.
Panels are authorized to hold public hearings, and have reasonable access to public and private facilities receiving public funds to provide child welfare services within the panel jurisdictions. For further information on how and when to contact the panels click here.
There are three panels in New York State, each with 13 members. The Western panel covers the 17 counties in the western region of the state. The New York City Panel covers the five boroughs of New York City. The Eastern Panel covers the remaining 40 counties.