The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification Unit is looking for foster parents in the northeastern corner of the state.
Sate officials say the need is especially great in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence, Elliot and Morgan counties. Children in those counties often are being placed far from their families, schools and communities because of low adoption rates.
Those counties have as many as 445 foster children seeking hosts and only 84 homes in the area, according to the Cabinet.
Officials say there is also a need for adoptive homes for children who are unable to return home to their biological families. The state has children eligible for adoption and awaiting families. Those children are usually older and may have specific needs or health issues.
Becoming a foster parent requires 30 hours of training, passage of a home safety audit, submission of personal and credit references and background checks. Applicants must also meet personal and financial health requirements, as well as other standards set by the state.
More information about becoming a foster parent can be obtained by calling Liane Detty at (606) 920-2130 or Mary Sparks at (606) 474-6627.
Detty works for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services in Ashland. Sparks is with the Office of Community Based Services Protection and Permanency offices.
The Division of Protection and Permanency is dedicated to fighting child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. In relation to foster care, the department coordinates state efforts to recruit and certify adoptive homes for children in foster care.
LANA BELLAMY can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2653.