Foster Care Review, Inc.

Facilitate, Advocate, Innovate, Evaluate

aka Florida Foster Care Review   |   Miami, FL   |
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Foster Care Review, Inc.

EIN: 65-0118944


Florida Foster Care Review (FFCR) harnesses the power of community volunteers and organizations to advance the safety, stability and success of abused and neglected children, youth and young adults by connecting them to essential services, healthy relationships and forever families. FFCR's Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Program works with trained volunteers who facilitate comprehensive review hearings of children in foster care and identify unmet needs. Through the CRP's recommended orders, FFCR advocates for abused children to receive critical services that promote stability and well being. Our Permanency Roundtable (PRT) Program engages community partners in strategic action planning for youth lingering in foster care, creating lifelong families and healthy adult connections.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Candice L. Maze, JD

Main address

Miami-Dade County Children's Courthouse 155 NW 3rd Street, Suite 4338

Miami, FL 33128 USA

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Subject area info

Abuse prevention


Foster care

Population served info

Children and youth

Foster and adoptive children

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our community’s abused and neglected children have suffered inconceivable harm. Although removed from their home for their safety, traumatized children often experience secondary harm caused by the abrupt separation from their family, friends and community. Some are then abused by substitute caregivers, creating a seemingly endless barriers to a successful, stable life. To make matters more difficult, Miami-Dade’s child welfare system serves approx. 3,000 children with case management turnover of +/- 45% yearly. The system lacks the capacity to both ensure that children’s critical needs are met and engage in the intense process required for permanency. As children stay in care longer, their probability of negative adult outcomes -- homelessness, poverty, illness, criminal justice system involvement, unplanned pregnancies, etc. -- goes up. Key to breaking this cycle is meeting their needs while in care, minimizing time in care, and ensuring exit from care to stable, loving adults.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Program

Florida Foster Care Review (FFCR) was incorporated in 1989 to ensure successful implementation of the Citizen Review Panel (CRP). Citizen review—using trained, independent volunteers to review cases of children in foster care—helps ensure that abused and neglected children are safe and receiving needed services. FFCR recruits, trains and supervises 70-80 volunteers who each serve on one of 12-15 panels monthly. The panels identify children’s needs and then make recommendations that protect and further children’s well-being.

FFCR’s staff and volunteers scour medical reports, analyze academic performance, and determine whether children’s caregivers are treating them well and providing necessary resources/support. Based on the findings, the CRP makes recommendations that, once signed by a judge, become mandatory court orders with which agencies must comply. The CRP’s recommendations enable FFCR to recommend judicial actions and social services, and to maintain pressure on child welfare agencies to ensure that children attain permanent, safe families as soon as possible. Thanks to orders initiated by the CRP, a girl with an undiagnosed hearing impairment might receive treatment, a teenager with a substance abuse problem might get counseling, or a child might be provided with tutoring to overcome an educational obstacle.

The CRP Program is one of only two such programs in the State of Florida. In 2018-19, FFCR’s citizen review panels conducted 658 review hearings for 423 children, identifying over 4,000 unmet health, educational, psychological and/or permanency needs of children and their families. This was made possible by our 91 trained, dedicated volunteers who contributed 3,100 hours of service worth nearly $300,000. During FY 2019-20, we anticipate conducting 650-700 CRP review hearings for 400-450 children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Based on a national model developed by Casey Family Programs, FFCR’s PRT Program is the only one of its kind in Miami. For each child, FFCR staff convene and coordinate a team composed of child welfare practitioners and community stakeholders, work with the team during a 2-hour initial roundtable to develop the child’s permanency action plan, and facilitate monthly strategy sessions to achieve goals. Between sessions, team members complete assigned tasks, which may include contacting key people from the youth’s past, linking the youth with therapy and more. The team format allows individual resources to be pooled and leveraged.

To build on program success, FFCR layered in Youth-Centered Roundtables (YCRTs) and Family Finding. The YCRT, held after the initial PRT, empowers older youth to identify and access their networks, thereby increasing their probability of connecting with a “forever family.” In 2017, to launch our Family Finding Initiative, key FFCR staff were trained in Kevin Campbell’s Family Finding model, which employs specific strategies to identify relatives and potential supportive adults. Activities include use of the National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness’ Seneca Search database to find extended family; reengaging significant actors who may not have been in a position to stay connected or provide support previously; conducting a “file dig” to literally excavate people from the youth’s past; network mapping with the youth and/or relatives, and more. Our Outreach Specialist takes the lead, engaging with up to 30 individuals for each child.

Between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, 92 of 140 youth served benefitted from Family Finding. From July 2014 through June 30, 2019, PRT teams have created a forever family or a lifelong permanent connection for 66% of the 108 youth who have exited the program -- an outstanding result we attribute to our pioneering multi-layered approach.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Outstanding Non-Profit Champion for Children 2023

Florida's Children First

All-Stars Award for Volunteerism Finalist 2015

Switchboard of Miami

Outstanding Community Partner 2013

Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Non-adult children

Related Program

Permanency Roundtable (PRT) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Annually, the PRT Program serves 120-140 youth who have been in foster care an average of 2-3 years. Note: this metric does NOT include the 30-40 children served by Reunification Roundtables.

Number of foster care children placed with a family that were formally adopted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Permanency Roundtable (PRT) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

65+% of youth who exit the program will achieve legal permanency or relational permanency. Reporting here the % of youth who achieved either outcome.

Number of times judge agrees with recommendations on the case/for the child made by volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our volunteer-based review panel recommend actions to meet the physical, psychological, educational & permanency needs of each child reviewed. If judicially approved, they become enforceable orders.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Florida Foster Care Review (FFCR) provides children and youth in foster care with a powerful safety net - the Citizen Review Panel - that ensures their needs will be met while in care, and that they won't fall through the cracks due to an overburdened, under-resourced system. Our Permanency Roundtable Program connects children and youth in foster care to a "forever family" through reunification, adoption or permanent guardianship and to build lifelong, supportive adult connections - key elements of building resilience and buffering against the long-term effects of childhood trauma and adversity. Through our programs, FFCR builds knowledge about both individual obstacles and systemic barriers commonly faced by children in foster care. We have regularly used this information to address specific concerns, such as the unique needs of youth with disabilities aging out of foster care, the adolescent health issues of foster youth ages 13-17, and foster youth's experiences regarding sexual identity. We advocate for a child welfare system that is more responsive to the needs of the children and families it serves.

FFCR harnesses the power of community volunteers to advance the safety, well-being and long-term stability of abused and neglected children and young adults in the foster care system. To accomplish our mission, we facilitate volunteer-led case review hearings that identify and address thousands of unmet needs each year. We also convene and lead teams of professionals and volunteers who strategically and systematically pursue lifelong families for children and youth otherwise destined to age out of foster care. Through our newsletter, social media, participation in/hosting of conferences and events, policy advocacy, and ongoing trainings for child welfare practitioners and community stakeholders, we provide thought leadership -- sharing best practices, developing new solutions, and advocating for system change.

FFCR’s nearly 30 years of implementing the CRP have given us a thorough understanding of the challenges facing abused and neglected children and youth, and the ways in which the child welfare system both helps and hinders those for whom it cares. At the same time, FFCR has learned firsthand the practices necessary to facilitate an effective, collaborative process. In 2013, our board decided to leverage FFCR’s years of experience in order to do more for children in need. Through the PRT Program, we combined and leveraged FFCR's unique knowledge bank and long-standing child welfare partnerships to address one of the urgent needs seen all too often during CRP hearings -- the need for permanency. Our staff’s combined experience exemplifies not only FFCR’s ability to perform the proposed services, but also our ties to the community and depth of knowledge about the challenges facing Miami-Dade children and youth in foster care. Our staff is highly reflective of the community that we serve.

During FY 2021-22, the CRP Program conducted 418 reviews for 264 children and young adults in foster care, or approximately 20% of the children in foster care. During this time, a total of 70 volunteers actively served on one of our 10-12 monthly citizen review panels contributing 2,400 hours of service, valued at just over $203,000. Our panels identified and addressed 2,785 safety, permanency and well-being needs. To ensure a speedy response to children’s most critical and/or urgent needs, FFCR deployed our Advocacy Manager who advocated in court or behind the scenes to ensure the CRP’s recommendations were followed. These Post Review Advocacy efforts, resulted in a record 77% compliance by case managers with court orders issued through the CRP, which ultimately ensured that children, young adults and their families received the resources, services and support they needed. The CRP Program’s special Outreach and Engagement Initiative enabled the participation of a record number of caregivers and young adults in their CRP hearings, enhancing the quality and impact of the reviews.

More than 300 youth have been served by the PRT Program since its inception. Of the 220 who had exited the program as of December 31, 2022, an incredible 74% had achieved permanency through adoption, permanent guardianship or reunification or had been linked to a lifelong, supportive adult committed to fulfilling a parental role. Considering that the youth we serve have typically spent between two and five years in foster care prior to being referred to our program, these outcomes are especially impressive.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Foster Care Review, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.49 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Foster Care Review, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Foster Care Review, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $15,691 -$10,030 $85,242 -$266,952 -$75,068
As % of expenses 1.2% -0.7% 5.6% -14.2% -3.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $10,334 -$16,910 $77,126 -$275,139 -$82,476
As % of expenses 0.8% -1.1% 5.1% -14.6% -4.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,360,613 $1,482,436 $1,600,222 $1,613,590 $1,867,743
Total revenue, % change over prior year 8.2% 9.0% 7.9% 0.8% 15.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 47.9% 49.5% 55.0% 40.5% 35.2%
All other grants and contributions 52.0% 50.4% 44.5% 59.3% 64.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.6% 0.2% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,344,925 $1,492,466 $1,514,980 $1,880,542 $1,942,811
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.3% 11.0% 1.5% 24.1% 3.3%
Personnel 82.3% 86.3% 88.9% 85.4% 86.2%
Professional fees 5.9% 3.9% 3.2% 7.4% 6.7%
Occupancy 0.9% 0.8% 0.1% 0.8% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 10.9% 9.0% 7.6% 6.5% 6.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,350,282 $1,499,346 $1,523,096 $1,888,729 $1,950,219
One month of savings $112,077 $124,372 $126,248 $156,712 $161,901
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $225,500 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $6,250 $6,934 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,468,609 $1,630,652 $1,874,844 $2,045,441 $2,112,120

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 4.8 6.2 4.7 2.3 2.4
Months of cash and investments 4.8 6.2 4.7 2.3 2.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.8 5.4 5.7 2.9 2.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $541,182 $770,014 $593,012 $360,710 $394,023
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $153,873 $151,826 $181,942 $154,554 $84,485
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $110,139 $117,073 $121,094 $123,680 $125,625
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 68.4% 70.2% 74.6% 79.6% 84.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.6% 31.1% 9.4% 16.4% 25.6%
Unrestricted net assets $689,506 $672,596 $749,722 $474,583 $392,107
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $689,506 $672,596 $749,722 $474,583 $392,107

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Candice L. Maze, JD

Candice L. Maze, JD has served as FFCR’s Executive Director since July 2012. Prior to joining FFCR, Candice held executive level positions at the Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance, the Dependency Court Intervention Program for Family Violence, and Lawyers for Children America, Inc. (Miami office). In 2002, Candice founded Maze Consulting, Inc. and spent a decade providing targeted training, programmatic consultation, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, publication development, project management, and data analysis for courts, agencies, and organizations that interface with the child welfare system. She has authored numerous publications and has presented locally and national on improving practices, systems, and outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system. Candice began her child advocacy career in 1997 as a Staff Attorney for Miami’s Guardian ad Litem Program.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Foster Care Review, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Michelle Weber

Bilzin Sumberg

Term: 2023 - 2025

Michelle Weber, MBA

Bilzin Sumberg

Christopher Hutchins, CPA

Kaufman Rossin

Adam Sendzischew, MBA, CFP®, TEP

Jones Lowry

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/02/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.