The Citizen Review Panel was created as a volunteer review panel for child protection. The panel focuses on reviewing policies, procedures, and cases pertaining to reports of child abuse and neglect
in which a finding of indicated was made. Through their reviews the Panel
can identify gaps in services, the need for changes in policy, and they
serve as advocates for the children and families of Prince George's County.
Members of the Panel conduct monthly in-depth reviews of selected cases,
and the Panel meets as a whole, monthly. Sub groups of the Panel can
be organized to focus on a specific issue. During the course of their
case reviews the Panel noted frequent cases of children being left unsupervised
and the parents stating they were not aware of the ages when a child
can be left at home unattended. The "Bee Brochure" was developed
by the Panel to address this concern. The Panel and the local department
worked together to get the brochure printed, and recently it was sent
out to parents of all public school children. A copy of the brochure
can be found in this web site.
The Citizen Review Panel is made up of volunteers from the community.
Below is a listing of those persons who serve on the Panel.
Mildred Stewart, Chairperson
Richinda Shihab, Vice Chairperson
Gena Greenhood, Mental Health Authority
Detective Diane Dobbs, Prince George's County Police
Charmaine Crawford, Department of Juvenile Services
Maralita L. Freeny
Lin Bessett, Ph.D.
Robert Cullen, M.H.A.
Florence Foreman, Ed.D.
Jennifer Renne, Esq.
Bonnie Peet, Coordinator
James E. Lewis, Ph.D.