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Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care in Anderson, Bullitt, Franklin, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Nelson, Oldham, Owen, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford counties

Tuesday, 02 26, 2013

Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033
jamieneal@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Anderson, Bullitt, Franklin, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Nelson, Oldham, Owen, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford 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.

Training
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.

The next training for new volunteers will take place Friday, March 15, in Shelby County.

Meeting schedules
These CFCRBs meet monthly. Times are local.

Anderson County: Third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Bullitt County: First Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Franklin County: Third Monday of each month at 5 p.m.

Hardin County:
Hardin A – First Thursday of each month at 9 a.m.
Hardin B – Second Thursday of each month at 9 a.m.

Henry County: Fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.

Jefferson County:
Jefferson 2 – Second Monday of each month at 5 p.m.
Jefferson 4 – First Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m.
Jefferson 6 – Second Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
Jefferson 8 – Second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.
Jefferson 9 – Second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
Jefferson 10 – Second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Nelson County: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

Oldham County: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

Owen County: Second Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

Shelby County: Flexible meeting schedule, last Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. or third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m.

Spencer County: Fourth Friday of each month at 1 p.m.

Trimble County: Fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.

Woodford County: Third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Contact
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.

Citizen Foster Care Review Board
Approximately 800 volunteers across the state serve as members of the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The boards operate within the AOC’s Division of Dependent Children’s Services, which is in the Department of Family and Juvenile Services. 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.

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