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Kentucky volunteers needed to help local children in foster care

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Volunteers for the Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are needed in 69 Kentucky counties. Volunteers will review cases of local children in foster care and make recommendations.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are court-appointed volunteers that conduct interactive reviews on children committed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. These boards make recommendations to the cabinet and state courts on the child’s behalf. The Kentucky General Assembly created these boards in 1982 to decrease children’s time in out-of-home care.

The counties in need are Anderson, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Calloway, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crittenden, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Fulton, Grayson, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Magoffin, Marshall, Martin, Mason, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Menifee, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Trigg, Warren, Wayne, Webster and Wolfe.

Volunteers have the opportunity to make a difference for those children who are in care due to dependency, neglect or abuse.

For those interested, volunteers must apply and consent to a criminal record and Central Registry check, and do six hours of training prior to beginning. Training will include two sessions held via Zoom and two self-study webinars.

Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so screening can be completed and training can be scheduled.

For more information on the application process and to apply visit https://www.kycourts.gov/Court-Programs/Family-and-Juvenile-Services/Pages/Citizen-Foster-Care-Review-Board.aspx.

To view the latest Citizen Foster Care Review Boards annual report visit kcoj.info/CFCRB2023.

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