Volunteers Sought for Children in Foster Care
The Commonwealth of Kentucky's Department of Family & Juvenile Services sent out this urgent plea:
Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Bracken, Campbell, Kenton and Mason counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. Volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect and abuse to ensure these children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are not required to reside in the county where a board meets.
The Kentucky General Assembly created the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, or CFCRB, in 1982 as a way to decrease the time children spend in foster care. CFCRB volunteers review Cabinet for Health and Family Services files on children placed in out-of-home care and work with the cabinet and courts on behalf of the state’s foster children. The volunteer reviewers help ensure that children receive the necessary services while in foster care and are ultimately placed in permanent homes.
The CFCRBs for Bracken, Campbell, Kenton and Mason counties meet monthly in the Northern Kentucky area. Meeting schedules vary by board and there is a need for volunteers during the day and in the evening. A training for new volunteers is scheduled to take place Oct. 12 in Boone County.
All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session and consent to a criminal record and central registry check. A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the District Court or Family Court for appointment.
For more information, contact:
Family Services Coordinator
Northern Kentucky CFCRB
Administrative Office of the Courts
859-334-3245 or [email protected]
The Department of Family and Juvenile Services at 800-928-2350
Individuals who would like to volunteer but are not available for the aforementioned meetings may contact Bergman or the Department of Family and Juvenile Services to get information about other CFCRBs.
Approximately 800 volunteers across the state serve as members of the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The boards operate within the Division of Dependent Children’s Services of the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. As the operations arm for the state court system, the AOC supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks and executes the Judicial Branch budget.