The Foster Care Review Board is currently seeking three more volunteers in Payson to fill open board positions. In Payson, the board currently meets four times per year and discusses 12 to 15 children’s cases each time. There are 65 children in Payson whose cases are reviewed by the Foster Care Review Board.
The board members review children’s court records, discuss the issues with others involved in the case and make recommendations to the court on what is best for the child.
Appointed by a judge, the volunteers are citizens from many walks of life. The boards were developed in 1978 to help children lost in the system. Five volunteers constitute each board.
Volunteers ask the tough questions and weigh the outcomes. Sometimes the solution for a child is simple, but other times it’s more complex, such as cases where a birth parent faces the loss of parental rights.
In the end, the volunteers submit written recommendations to the judge hearing the child’s case.
“We listen to everyone involved in the case,” said Foster Care Review Board member Vera Eccles, of Payson. “It warms my heart that the recommendations we make have an impact on children and help the judge make a decision.”
Find more information at the Foster Care Review Board Web site, http://www.azcourts .gov/fcrb/Home/About.aspx or to become a volunteer call Sandy Guizzetti at (520) 388-4300.