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Child welfare board need volunteers in Malheur County

This past April and May, the Child Welfare office of the Department of Human Services assigned and received about half the number of child protective services investigations it had during that period last year.

VALE—The foster care oversight board needs volunteers to help monitor how state officials are dealing with local children in foster care.

The Citizen Review Board serving the Malheur County area only has three volunteers, and needs six to not get overwhelmed.

“We are in desperate need of volunteers,” said Lee Graves, board member.

The board confidentially reviews child care case files which can be up to 500 pages, and presents their findings to a meeting of the review board, the children’s caseworker, caregivers, the state Department of Human Services and the child, if over 14.

After reviewing . . .