Membership Recruitment


Panels are composed of volunteer members who broadly represent the communities in which the Panel is established. Panels include members with a breadth of experience and knowledge in child welfare practice and law, social work, education, and technology, among other areas. No person currently employed by Federal, State, County or Municipal agencies, which directly deliver child welfare services may be a panel member.


The Panels continually strive to attract a diverse pool of potential new members.  Desired Panel diversity includes:

  • Race and ethnicity, age, gender/gender identification, disability, and sexual orientation
  • Geographic location within New York State including rural, suburban, and urban areas of the State
  • Experience related to the child welfare system including professional experience or lived experience (birth parent, foster parent, relative, or former youth in care)

Knowledge base such as advocacy, technology, education, law, program development and evaluation among others.

CRP Appointment Process

Potential members may self-nominate or seek recommendation from a current panel member or other community leader. Potential members may also be nominated directly by the Senate, Assembly or Governor's appointment offices.

  1. Identify your CRP region:
    • Western: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
    • Eastern: Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Nassau, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester
    • New York City: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens, Staten Island (Richmond County)
  2. map of regions

    Printable list of counties in each region.


  3. Review membership on CRP website to identify vacancies in your region .
  4. Submit a letter of interest and resume to your State Senator, Assemblymember, or the Governor.
  5. NOTE: You may be asked to complete a criminal or child abuse registry background check.

  6. If applying for appointment through the New York State Legislature, your final appointment will need to be approved by the Temporary President of the Senate or the Speaker of the Assembly.
  7. Once your letter of appointment is received by a Panel Chair or by the Citizen Review Panel Coordinator, your appointment is considered complete and you are an official member of the Panel.

Potential members may contact the appointing body (Senate, Assembly or Governor's office), the Citizen Review Panel Coordinator at Welfare Research, Inc., or if applicable, the nominating panel member with questions regarding the appointment process.

Membership Recruitment Materials