LANSING — A program designed to help kids and families in the State of Michigan is on the lookout for volunteers.
The Foster Care Review Board Program provides a variety of services that help give courts and other agencies objective perspectives on state foster care cases. The 27 boards around the state consist of volunteers trained to understand how best to address case reviews and appeals.
“They’ve got to be eighteen and have a high school diploma. They have to be able to read well, because they have to read through a lot of case material, and then they essentially just have to have a passion for the welfare of children and families in their community,” said Jim Novell, Program Manager for the Michigan Foster Care Review Board.
Experience in human services is not a requirement, as the boards are designed to represent a broad cross-section of everyday citizens.
Novell added, “We’ve got a lot of educators, nurses, but then we have people that have no background in human services, but they sometimes have the most objective and sometimes profound observations in different cases we see, so we really want a good, diverse group of people on the board.”
Recruitment happens year-round, but prospective volunteers are encouraged to submit their application by February 28th. Click here for an application and consent form. You can also click here for more information on volunteering, or you can call one of the numbers below.
Foster Care Review Board
– Detroit Office (313) 972-3280
– Gaylord Office (989) 732-0494