Volunteers sought for review of child foster care cases

07/13/2017 11:09 AM

The Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are in need of volunteers in more than half of Kentucky’s counties to review cases of youth placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky counties are seeking the volunteers for local youth in foster care and other out-of-home care, according to a news release.

The counties in need of volunteers to be trained soon are: Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carter, Christian, Clay, Crittenden, Edmonson, Elliott, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Fulton, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Greenup, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Hickman, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Oldham, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Roberts, Rowan, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Washington and Wolfe.

Volunteers are not required to live in the counties where they help.

The Citizen Foster Care Review Boards were put in place by the General Assembly in 1982 as a way to decrease the time children spend in out-of-home 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, according to a news release.

There are more than 700 volunteers currently helping the program across the state. During the 2016 fiscal year, volunteers conducted nearly 21,000 reviews of more than 11,300 cases of children in foster and other out-of-home care.

The Administrative Office of the Courts oversees the review boards across the state.

Those seeking to be volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they may be screened and, if approved, scheduled for training in their area.

Training sessions are scheduled for July 14 in Perry County, July 21 in Christian County, Aug. 18 in Rowan County, Sept. 15 in Hardin County and Oct. 6 in Fayette County.

To get more information and apply to be a volunteer, visit the CFCRB website.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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