September 2, 2014

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Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care Print E-mail

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Mason, Nicholas and Pendleton 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 state 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.

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.

There are two types of Citizen Foster Care Review Boards. Some CFCRBs review the case files of children in foster care while others, called Interested Party Review Boards, conduct interactive reviews with the parties involved in cases. These parties include the children in the case, social workers and biological and foster parents.

The Pendleton County Interested Party Review Board meets every other month at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month in Falmouth.

To volunteer or get more information, contact the Department of Family and Juvenile Services at the Administrative Office of the Courts at 800-928-2350 or newvolunteerapplicant@kycourts.net.