Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet has been named chairman of a local board that reviews foster care cases, according to a statement released by his office.

The five volunteer members of the local Foster Care Review Board were appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley. They are charged with reviewing cases of children who spend longer than four consecutive months in foster care.

Their goal is to return the children to their parents, Nisbet's statement said. If that's not possible, they consider adoption.

Each of the state's 16 judicial circuits has at least one review board.

In his role, Nisbet said he hopes that the board will provide external accountability in the foster care system and to advocate for children.