Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 3, 2013

Volunteers needed for foster care boards

Staff report
The Independent

FRANKFORT — Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve several northeastern Kentucky counties are in need of 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.

Area counties in need of board volunteers include Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis and Morgan.

The Kentucky General Assembly created the 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.

 The next training for new volunteers will take place April 5, in Boone County.

 The meeting schedules for northeastern Kentucky CFCRBs most in need of volunteers are:

‰Boyd County: Fourth Thursday of each month at 9 a.m.

‰Carter County: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

‰Elliott/Morgan counties: Third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

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

‰Lawrence County: Second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

‰Lewis County: Meets in February, April, June, August, October and December on the third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.

‰Morgan/Elliott counties: Third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

 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.

 Approximately 800 volunteers across the state serve as members of the board. The boards operate within the AOC’s Division of Dependent Children’s Services, which is a division of 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.