Volunteers sought for foster care review boards

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Administrative Office of the Courts is looking for volunteers to serve on Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 30 counties around Kentucky.

 

The boards review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

The counties in need of volunteers are Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Fayette, Fulton, Garrard, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Hickman, Jessamine, LaRue, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Todd, Trigg and Warren. Volunteers are not required to live in these counties.


All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they can be screened and, if approved, scheduled for training in their area. Training sessions are scheduled for Sept. 28 in Lexington and Oct. 25 in Bowling Green.  The screening process includes 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.


With the passage of House Bill 1 by the 2018 General Assembly, the role of the Citizen Foster Care Review Board has expanded, according to Rachael Bingham, executive director of the AOC’s Department of Family and Juvenile Services.


“The legislation calls for the CFCRBs to host regional community forums,” she said, “to give the public an opportunity to discuss areas of concern regarding the foster care system and to identify barriers to timely permanency, well-being and safety for children in out-of-home care.”


The findings from these forums are statutorily mandated to be reported to the State Citizen Foster Care Review Board and to be included with the State CFCRB’s annual recommendations to the Supreme Court of Kentucky, the governor and the legislature’s Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee.


“By providing these findings to key stakeholders in the commonwealth,” Bingham stated, “the CFCRB is helping to identify areas of the system that need to be strengthened to produce better outcomes for Kentucky’s most vulnerable children.”


Here is the list of upcoming forums, all of which are open to the public:


Sept. 25, 1:30-3 p.m. ET, at the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse, Community Room, 120 N. Limestone St., in Lexington.


Sept. 28, 1:30-3 p.m. CT, Baptist Health, 8th floor, Building I, 200 Clinic Drive, in Madisonville.


Oct. 19, 1:30-3 p.m. ET, Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., in Florence


Oct. 26, 12:30-1:45 p.m. ET, Pulaski County Community Room, 925 N. Main St., in Somerset.


Oct. 29, 1:30-3 p.m. ET, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 1640 Lyndon Farm Court, in Louisville.

 

More than 700 volunteers across the state serve as members of the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board. In Fiscal Year 2017, volunteers conducted more than 20,000 reviews of more than 11,400 cases of children in foster and other out-of-home care.


For more information and to apply, go to https://courts.ky.gov/courtprograms/cfcrb/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

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