POST ADJUDICATION REVIEW BOARD
The Post Adjudication Review Board program is tasked to review the appropriateness of treatment goals, permanency plans, as well as services for children and families in deprived and delinquent court cases. The boards develop recommendations following each review and serve in an advisory capacity to the district court.
At least one review board is mandated in every judicial district and each board is comprised of volunteers from the community. These boards advocate for and encourage public entities to secure safe and permanent homes for each child.
The PARB program involves community volunteers in the review of confidential court cases of children and youth in the deprived and delinquent court systems. The review boards provide an unbiased oversight of each case and serve in an advisory capacity to the judges handling each case.
Following each case, the review boards develop recommendations for the court. The boards seek the best interests for each child and assist in ensuring children do not languish in the foster care system.
What are Post Adjudication Review Boards (PARB)?
A PARB is composed of at least five volunteers (members) who live or work within a local judicial district. The volunteer board members have a desire to help our children create a brighter future for themselves. The volunteers are appointed by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) through the recommendation of a local judge with the juvenile court responsibility. The primary responsibility of a PARB is to be an advocate for children who live within the local PARB’s judicial district. In addition, the PARB reviews encourage interagency coordination and cooperation.
To review the legislative statutes for PARB, click here.
Meet the State PARB Team
Keith Pirtle, MSW - Program Manager, Post Adjudication Review Boards
Keith Pirtle, MSW, is the Post Adjudication Review Boards Program Manager at OCCY in Oklahoma City, OK. He is responsible for supporting and monitoring the 47 local Post Adjudication Review Boards and the State Post Adjudication Review Board. He also provides training, technical assistance, and support to the 315 PARB volunteers across Oklahoma. Keith was formally the Principal Investigator and Senior State Project Director for Oklahoma’s Systems of Care and has had a long career developing new programs and providing technical assistance and quality assurance on the local, state, and national levels. His vision is to help the PARB Program reach its full potential statewide through improved support, quality assurance, training, and partnerships with child welfare and juvenile court judges.
Christina Whatley, Post Adjudication Review Board Coordinator for Oklahoma County
Christina Whatley is the Post Adjudication Review Board Coordinator for Oklahoma County. She is responsible for managing all seven Oklahoma County PARB Boards including the specialty boards such as domestic violence and transition-age youth. She schedules the meetings and provides case information to volunteers. Christina also welcomes new members and provides technical assistance to the Oklahoma County PARB boards. She has been with OCCY since 2006 and the Oklahoma PARB Coordinator since 2014. Christina has worked for OKDHS in foster care and has extensive knowledge in deprived case reviews.
Kim Rebsamen, Post Adjudication Review Board Coordinator for Tulsa County
Kim Rebsamen is the Post Adjudication Review Board Coordinator for Tulsa County. She is responsible for managing all four Tulsa County PARB boards including specialty boards such as independent living. She schedules meetings and provides case information to the volunteers. Kim provides new member training for the state and technical assistance to the Tulsa County PARB boards. Kim has been involved in the child welfare arena for 15 years. She received her law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. She was an assistant district attorney in Tulsa County prosecuting deprived cases. In 2009, she became one of the first court case managers in the state. In addition to running the Tulsa PARB program, Kim is a practicing deprived court attorney and a volunteer for Tulsa Lawyer’s for Children (TLC). Kim’s vision for the Tulsa County PARB is that each recommendation will be comprehensive and have a direct positive impact on the case.