Volunteers needed to help Kentucky kids in foster care

Kentucky needs volunteers to help children in foster care in 46 counties through Citizen Foster Care Review Boards.

Jamie Neal, state courts public information officer, said the volunteers will review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect, or abuse to make sure they are quickly placed in safe, permanent homes. They also help make sure children get necessary services while they’re in foster care. 

Neal named McCracken County as one of those most in need of volunteers, along with Anderson, Barren, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Bullitt, Calloway, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Graves, Hardin, Harlan, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, Laurel, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Nelson, Oldham, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Whitley, and Wolfe.  

Volunteers don’t have to live in the county of the board they serve. They all must consent to a criminal record and central registry check and complete an initial six hour training session. Afterwards, appointment recommendations are made to the chief judge of the district court or family court. 

The state CFCRB was created by the general assembly in 1982 to help decrease the time kids spend in foster care. Neal said potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they can be scheduled for training.

If you’re interested in volunteering, click here for more information.

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