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Washington County Citizen Review Panel 2007 Annual Report

Mission Statement

As volunteer citizens, we will assist the child protection system with ongoing evaluation to strive for the protection of children.

Panel Members

Abelson, Jolene, Cottage Grove Bebeau, Ann, Stillwater Benson, Robert, Hugo Charley, Melissa, Woodbury Horan, Danielle, Oakdale Heidi Nakatani, Hastings Sue Lewis, Stillwater Mary Nelson, Stillwater Peavey, Gail, Oak Park Heights


The Panel met the third Tuesday evening of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. except in July and May. Panel members attended the all-panel event in St. Paul in May. They met as needed between the monthly meetings for projects and committee work. The majority of the Panel meetings were held at Washington County’s Service Center in Woodbury. The panel members also met in and toured the two newest Washington County facilities, one in Cottage Grove and the other in Forest Lake.


  • Panel members studied child welfare financing at the May Minnesota Citizen Review Panel annual event with several expert speakers.

  • The Panel, as a whole, adopted a resolution supporting the Minnesota Without Poverty effort to educate the public and legislators about child welfare financing in Minnesota. Ann Bebeau attended the presentation held at the State Office Building in December 2007.

  • On behalf of the entire panel, Melissa Charley researched and drafted a letter in support of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill before Congress and forwarded this letter to Washington County Commissioners and local Representatives.

  • Heidi Nakatani, Melissa Charley and Dani Horan raised funds for and participated in the Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota Walk to End Child Abuse in September, raising over $ 400.00.

  • Past and present Panel members were invited and did participate in a Stakeholders’ Interview conducted by the federal reviewers during the Health and Human Services Child and Families Services Review (CFSR) in September 2007.

Photo: Lift-bridge over the St. Croix River from Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota to Wisconsin The River Rushes On, National Citizen Review Panel Conference, May 21, 22, 23, 2008 – St. Paul, MN Photo submitted by Mary Nelson, Washington County Citizen Review Panel


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