Minnesota Department of Human Services - Job Description
Title: Volunteer Citizen Review Panel Member
Volunteer Experience Can Offer
- A meaningful, important volunteer experience that will add skills, provide insights, interests and challenges.
- Access to a wide variety of community resources and people.
- Access to and an understanding of the child protection system and Juvenile Court proceedings.
- An opportunity to actively participate on the behalf of abused and neglected children.
- An opportunity to have a positive impact by addressing the disparities of the numbers of children and families of color involved in the child protection system.
- An opportunity to promote and affect positive changes for the well-being of children.
- An opportunity to put your interests, talents and expertise to good use for a worthy cause.
- An opportunity to update and add to your resume.
- Initial orientation regarding the child protection system that includes:
- Case plans and efforts to reunite families
- Child abuse and neglect issues
- Child development and attachment issues
- Cultural considerations including the Indian Child Welfare Act and heritage preservation
- Foster care, alternatives to family reunification
- The best interests of children
- The court process
- The disparities of the numbers of children and families of color involved in the child protection system
- The dynamics of domestic violence
- In-service training on topics such as cultural diversity, chemical and mental health, education and community resources.
- Ongoing professional support and consultation.
- Reimbursement for mileage, parking and other approved out of pocket expenses.
Qualifications & Skills
- Ability to articulate ideas, concerns and thoughts
- Ability to listen, be open minded, non judgmental and constructive
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Common sense and maturity
- Desire to have a positive impact on the child protection service system and those involved
- Desire to learn about the current child protection service system
- Desire to promote needed changes in the child protection system as identified by the panels
- Genuine concern and compassion for those involved in the child protection service system
- May not be a current county attorney's office, district court, social or court services employee, a foster care provider or a paid guardian ad litem of a county in which a panel operates
- May not currently be involved in a child protection, child custody dispute or criminal matter
- Must maintain confidentiality
- Must sign releases authorizing a criminal records check and a child maltreatment records check
- Sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and economic diversity
- Willingness to make an initial commitment of 2 years
Duties & Responsibilities
- Advocate for needed resources to protect children from abuse and neglect and to ensure permanent homes for children in a timely manner
- Assist in the analysis of the information gathered
- Assist in the compilation of an annual report summarizing the activities of the panel
- Attend and participate in all meetings (Panels meet monthly)
- Complete initial orientation
- Gather information by conducting interviews, reviewing files, records and reports
- Increase community understanding, ownership and investment in child protection
- Maintain confidentiality
- Make recommendations for needed policy changes and suggest corrective actions
- Participate in educational activities to better understand the child protection system
- Promote cooperation among community resources and child protection service agencies
- Provide feedback on what is working well
- Review the child protection service agency's consistency of practice and compliance with stated policies, laws and procedures
- Submit reimbursement claims and other requested records in a timely manner