Chapter 7 : Section 11
Foster Care Review Board
The Department shall work collaboratively with the Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) to ensure that all cases of children in out-of-home care for six months or longer and under supervision of the state are reviewed at least every six months.
Cases that require review include:
dependent children who are placed in out-of-home care; and
children who were initially in foster care under a Voluntary Placement Agreement.
The Foster Care Review Board is responsible for setting hearing dates, inviting parties, conducting the hearing and formulating findings and recommendations to the court.
The DCS Specialist is responsible for providing information and reports required by the Foster Care Review Board.
If the Foster Care Review Board is unable to assure timely review of a case for any reason, the Department shall conduct an administrative case review.
The Department shall provide written notice of the Department's intent to accept or not implement the Board's written recommendations within ten business days of receipt of the recommendations.
The DCS Specialist will provide the Report to the Juvenile Court for Preliminary Protective Hearing and/or Initial Dependency Hearing, the Report to the Juvenile Court for Dependency Adjudication Hearing and Disposition Hearing and the Progress Report to the Juvenile Court (see Court Reports) to the FCRB:
at the time it is submitted to the juvenile court;
upon their request;
at the direction of the court; or
three months following the child entering out-of-home care, if not previously submitted.
The DCS Specialist will review the monthly listing of hearing dates provided by the FCRB to determine when FCRB hearings are scheduled. Contact the FCRB immediately if it appears that a case is not scheduled for a necessary review.
The DCS Specialist will update the Foster Care Plan and Progress Report and Attachment A to include current information on all parties listed on the form. Submit the forms, along with the Report to the Juvenile Court for Initial Dependency Hearing, Report to the Juvenile Court for the Permanency Hearing, and the Progress Report to the Juvenile Court to the FCRB at least ten working days prior to a scheduled hearing.
The DCS Specialist will attend the first FCRB hearing in person (or arrange for the DCS Program Supervisor to do so).
The DCS Specialist will attend subsequent hearings in person or be available for a telephone conference, if in person attendance is not possible. Notify the FCRB as soon as possible if telephone attendance is necessary.
The DCS Specialist will notify the FCRB as soon as possible if unusual circumstances make it impossible for either the DCS Specialist or the DCS Program Supervisor to attend a scheduled hearing.
If hearings are running late, wait for at least 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. If the FCRB is not ready to begin the hearing and the DCS Specialist needs to leave, consult with the DCS Program Supervisor.
If the FCRB disagrees with the case plan, review the case with the DCS Program Supervisor to determine if the plan should be modified. Notify the Program Administrator or designee of the outcome of the review. The Program Administrator or designee may take further action, if necessary.
If the DCS Specialist believes that any party should not receive a copy of the FCRB's recommendations, make the request to the FCRB in writing prior to the hearing or verbally at the hearing. The FCRB will make a recommendation to the juvenile court, which will decide whether or not the party receives the report.
When a case is transferred, the receiving DCS Program Supervisor notifies the FCRB and parties listed on the Foster Care Plan and Progress Report and Attachment A of the transfer and the name of the new DCS Specialist. The receiving DCS Program Supervisor, in consultation with the sending DCS Program Supervisor, determines which DCS Specialist can best present the case at the next FCRB hearing.
The FCRB will e-mail the Observations/Concerns and Review Board Recommendations section of the FCRB report to the DCS Specialist and DCS Program Supervisor.
Upon receipt of the e-mail containing the Observation/Concerns and Review Board Recommendations section of the FCRB report:
review each observation and concern;
review each recommendation that directs the Department to take a specific action; and
respond to each recommendation directed toward the Department.
The DCS Specialist will draft a response that indicates:
agreement with the recommendation; or
intent not to implement the recommendation.
For those recommendations that the Department does not intend to implement, indicate the reasons for the decision.
The DCS Specialist will forward the draft response to the DCS Program Supervisor.
Attach a copy of the response to the next report submitted to the juvenile court.
DCS Program Supervisor
The DCS Program Supervisor will review the DCS Specialist’s response to the each FCRB recommendation, and, if appropriate, modify the response.
Print the approved response form and send it to the Foster Care Review Board within ten business days of receipt of the recommendations using one of the following methods:
Fax: FCRB at 602-307-1214
Mail: FCRB, 1501 W. Washington #128, Phoenix, AZ 85007
E-mail a copy of the response to the DCS Specialist and the assigned Assistant Attorney General.
Document the FCRB hearing in Guardian.
Document the outcome of the supervisory review of a case plan which the FCRB disagrees with in a Case Conference type Note.
Document notification of the outcome of the review to the DCS Program Administrator or designee in a Case Conference type the Note.
File a copy of the response to the FCRB recommendations in the hard copy case record.
DCS Program Administrator or designee: document the review of the outcome and any action taken in the Notes Tab designated as a Case Conference type.
Foster Care Plan and Progress Report
Permanency Hearing Report
Preliminary Protective Hearing and/or Initial Dependency Hearing
Progress Report to the Juvenile Court
The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-272)
A.R.S. §8-515.01. through 515.04. Arizona Foster Care Review Board