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80 volunteers sworn in to assist Utah foster children

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Some 80 new volunteer Foster Care Citizen Review Board members were sworn into service Saturday evening by Third District Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Frederic Oddone.

Lt. Gov. Olene Walker gave opening remarks of encouragement and recognition to the group in the State Capitol rotunda.Longtime volunteers from around the state were honored at the program. The volunteers, who have given one day a month since the foster care citizen review program that began in 1994 and who continue to serve, are Paula Johnson, Bountiful; Marie Kotter and Donna Parker, Ogden; Susan Armer, Linda Able and Thella Mae Christensen, Salt Lake City; and Rick Rambo, Provo.

Utah foster children are served by more than 300 volunteers each month. The volunteers donated more than 25,000 hours during the past year to children. The volunteers visit with the children, caseworkers, foster parents and legal advocates to determine the best long-term goals for children.

The volunteers' recommendations are documented and forwarded to the Juvenile Court for consideration in making decisions affecting children.