2013-03-28 / Community

Volunteer members needed for state foster care boards

LANSING – Volunteers are needed to serve on a multi county Foster Care Review Board. The Michigan Foster Care Review Board Program consists of 27 local boards throughout the state.

Each board is comprised of citizens who represent a broad cross-section of their communities. Local boards meet one day a month to review cases of children who have been removed from their home and placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect. The purpose of the review is to support the local courts and child placing agencies in their efforts to ensure the safety and well being of the children while they are in foster care, and facilitate a plan for them to return to a safe, stable, and permanent family as soon as possible.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma, good reading skills and a passion to serve communities most vulnerable children and families. Employees of the Department of Human Services, family courts, or private child placement agencies are prohibited.

Board members receive orientation and ongoing training, mileage and meal reimbursement.

Additional information is available at courts.michigan. gov/ Administration/ SCAO/ OfficesPrograms/ fcrbp/ Pages/ default.aspx or by calling (989) 732-0494.

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