The CRP has two major committees that focus on legislative concerns and community outreach efforts. The parameters for each committee are to engage in evidence-based research, best-practice services and critical policy issues. if you would like additional information on how to get involved in any of these activities, please contact the CRP Chair at

Working Groups:



Past CRP Projects

1.  Research Project Regarding Children with Short Stays in Foster Care
The DC CRP designed and implemented a project that investigated why, over the last six years, 25% to 35% of the children CFSA placed in foster care were returned to their families in a short period of time. After extensive research, including analysis of CFSA's case files on these children, the CRP issued a report that found that the majority of these children should not have been placed in emergency foster care in the first place.

Proposal for Short Stays in Foster Care Study

Final ReportAn Examination of the Child and Family Services Agency’s Performance When it Removes Children from and Quickly Returns them to their Families: Findings and Recommendations from the Citizens Review Panel

Executive Summary of Final Report

2.  Mandated Reporter Training Project with George Washington University management Group 
Between January and April 2011, the CRP initiated a project with GW University students to research the current Mandated Reporter Training procedures and make recommendations to CFSA, and any and all other relevant parties, for improvement.

The group conducted the following activities and submitted a final report outlining their policy recommendations to the CRP:

Final Mandated Reporter Training Report and Executive Summary

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Abused and Neglected Children: Findings and Recommendations Regarding the District of Columbia's Implementation of the 2007 Department of Mental Health and Child & Family Services Agency Mental Health Needs Assessment, DC Citizen Review Panel, February 2010

CFSA Response to Mental Health Needs Report

for Child Abuse and Neglect

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                                                                                                                                                             - Nelson Mandela