By Bethany Carlson
Foster care in Oregon affects 13,000 children every year, according to Amy Benedum, the field manager for Benton County’s Citizen Review Board (CRB). The board meets on a Tuesday every other month to review the case plans of children in foster placement. The CRB is seeking people with an interest in child welfare to volunteer as board members. Board members meet in small groups, and parents, attorneys, and caseworkers may also be present to negotiate the best plan for each child.
“Our board in Benton County is in desperate need of volunteers,” said Benedum. “While the circumstances that lead to foster care are varied, all foster children share a common thread: a trusted parent has let them down. It’s up to us as a community to fill that void.”
More info can be found at www.ojd.state.or.us/crb or by calling Amy Church at 503-986-4535.