2016 Maryland Code
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 7A - State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect
§ 5-7A-06. Duties
(a) Evaluation of agencies' effectiveness. -- In addition to any duties set forth elsewhere, the Council shall, by examining the policies and procedures of State and local agencies and specific cases that the Council considers necessary to perform its duties under this section, evaluate the extent to which State and local agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities in accordance with:
(1) the State plan under 42 U.S.C. § 5106a(b);
(2) the child protection standards set forth in 42 U.S.C. § 5106a(b); and
(3) any other criteria that the Council considers important to ensure the protection of children, including:
(i) a review of the extent to which the State child protective services system is coordinated with the foster care and adoption program established under Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act; and
(ii) a review of child fatalities and near fatalities.
(b) Request to local citizens review panel. -- The Council may request that a local citizens review panel established under § 5-539.2 of this title conduct a review under this section and report its findings to the Council.
(c) Coordination of efforts. -- The Council shall coordinate its activities under this section with the State Citizens Review Board for Children, local citizens review panels, and the child fatality review teams in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.
(d) Designation of special members. -- The chairperson of the Council may designate members of the Children's Justice Act Committee as special members of the Council for the purpose of carrying out the duties set forth in this section.
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