CRP Members are recruited to reflect the diversity of San Mateo County and to ensure that CRP has representation from the categories recommended in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA):
- Former consumers of child welfare services
- Court Appointed Special Advocates
- Law enforcement personnel
- Health and mental health professionals
- Substance abuse professionals
- Representatives from elementary, secondary education and higher education
- Representatives of Tribal Governments
- Other persons with interest in Child Welfare Services
Members of the community who are interested in becoming members of the Citizen Review Panel should contact CRP
for more information. Written material for the Panel may be sent to: CRP, c/o Children and Family Services, 400 Harbor Boulevard, Belmont, CA 94002.
San Mateo County’s Citizen Review Panel is authorized to have 12-15 members. Members are elected by the Panel to serve a term of (3) years. Elections are held in September each year. Members are eligible to be elected to two consecutive terms and are eligible to be considered for re-election to the Panel after one term off the Panel.
Currently, the Panel meets once a month for two hours. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at 400 Harbor Boulevard, Bldg. B., Belmont.
Members should expect to spend four to five hours each month preparing for and attending this meeting.
All members of the Citizen Review Panel sign a formal confidentiality agreement. Panel members agree that what is said in CRP meetings will be kept confidential and will not be shared outside of the meeting. In addition, materials distributed to CRP members will not be shared with others unless they are reports that have already been made available to the public.
The product of CRP's work is the annual report and recommendations. This report is made available to the public and is not confidential.