The Clatsop County Citizen Review Board is looking to fill two vacant positions on its board, with more positions potentially available.

The Clatsop County Citizen Review Board is comprised of volunteers who live and work in Clatsop County and who are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court to review the cases of children and youth who are placed in substitute care.

Volunteers do not need to have any specific educational background to serve, but must be available during work hours on the one day each month that the board meets. They also must be have time available to review written materials prior to the review day. In addition, the need to maintain confidentiality is absolute.

Once a volunteer has completed the application, the coordinator will arrange for an interview and will request a criminal background check. A two-day training involves observing the board and juvenile court proceedings. If the volunteer meets those requirements and wants to proceed, the local presiding judge will recommend the Chief Justice makes the appointment and the volunteer will then be sworn in as a CRB member.

At this time, the number of cases in Clatsop has required board members to meet two days a month fairly regularly. For this reason, development of a second board is under consideration. There are two openings on the current board that need to be filled.

The board is particularly interested in increasing the ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity of the board and can provide some financial support for a volunteer who meets eligibility requirements.

Those interested should contact Carol Cook at 503-731-4169 or by e-mail (Carol.Cook@ojd.state.or.us)

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