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Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care in Boyd and Greenup counties

Thursday, 08 30, 2012

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Citizen Foster Care Review Boards for Boyd and Greenup 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 abuse, dependency and neglect 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 Boyd County CFCRB meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. local time at the Department for Community Based Services on Greenup Avenue in Ashland. The Greenup County CFCRB meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. local time at the Department for Community Based Services on Seaton Avenue in Greenup.

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.

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.


For more information about these or other CFCRBs in need of volunteers, contact:

Jim Tom Trent
Family Services Field Coordinator
Administrative Office of the Courts
606-780-8384 or jamestrent@kycourts.net  

Approximately 800 volunteers across the state serve as members of the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The boards operate within the Division of Dependent Children’s Services of the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. 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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