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​The Foster Care Review Board Program (FCRBP) is a system of third-party review initially established by Public Act 422 of 1984, and most recently amended in Public Act 170 of 1997. The program was established by the Legislature to help ensure safe and timely permanency for children in the state foster care system. The program is administered by the State Court Administrative Office of the Michigan Supreme Court and is comprised of citizen volunteers who serve on  local review boards throughout the state.


Boards meet once a month to review both randomly selected and requested cases of children presently in the state foster care system. Upon review of the case, boards provide an objective perspective regarding the child's safety and care, as well as the appropriateness and timeliness of the court-approved permanency plan. Written findings and related recommendations are forwarded to the applicable court, to the local Department of Health and Human Services and contract agencies, and to other parties directly involved in the case.


New volunteers participate in an initial orientation, and all board members participate in an annual training on policies and issues related to foster care. There are presently 75 dedicated and well-trained citizen volunteers who donate approximately 10,000 hours annually to help promote the safety and well-being of Michigan's most vulnerable children.


A statewide advisory committee, required by statute, includes leaders from the child welfare community and representatives from local review boards. The Committee assures that the FCRBP fulfills its statutory and provides maximum benefit to the foster care system program duties. 


State statute also requires publication of an annual report to the Michigan Legislature and Governor. The annual report details the efforts of the FCRB program and shares with Michigan policymakers some of the issues that citizen volunteers identify as they review foster care cases from throughout the state. Systemic issues that delay permanency or compromise child and family well-being are highlighted and analyzed in the report with related recommendations.


Primary services include:

  • Reviewing requested cases of children in the state foster care system. Requests by the court and all other interested parties to a case may be made by completing one of the following request forms: 

  • Conducting appeals by foster parents of children being moved by the foster care agency
  • Providing information and referrals regarding foster care programs and services to the general public.
  • Publishing an annual report, with related recommendations to the Legislature and Governor regarding critical needs in the state foster care system.
  • Advocating for essential improvements in the delivery of local and statewide foster care services with key policymakers and funding providers.


How to Request an Appeal

To request an appeal, a foster parent may contact the Foster Care Review Board at
1-888-866-6566. Please contact LaRay Nagele at​ or (517) 373-3122 with questions. Alternatively, a foster parent may request an appeal orally by calling the FCRB Program office at 1-888-866-6566, but then must immediately submit the appeal in writing. Depending on where the investigation will be conducted, FCRB staff from the Lansing office will process the appeal. ​



lansing Office

Foster Care Review Board

PO Box 30048

Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 373-0130

Fax: (517) 373-8922

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