FRANKFORT | Volunteers are being sought for the Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Bracken and Mason counties.
Officials with the Department of Family and Juvenile Services made the announcement last week and will be hosting a volunteer training in northern Kentucky this month.
Trevor Hanson, with the Administrative Office of the Courts said the review process for foster families is undergoing quality improvement changes, which has added to the need for additional volunteers. He said 200 volunteers are being sought statewide.
Volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect and abuse to ensure the children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are not required to live in the county where a CFCRB meets and travel expenses to training sessions is reimbursed.
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.
Bracken and Mason County Citizen Foster Care Review Boards meet on a quarterly basis, Hanson said. Training for new volunteers is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Boone County.
The Kentucky General Assembly created the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, 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.
Individuals who would like to volunteer but are not available for the October meetings may contact Jamie Bergman, family services coordinator for northern Kentucky CFCRB or the Department of Family and Juvenile Services to get information about other CFCRBs.
Bergman can be reached at 859-334-3245 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Department of Family and Juvenile Services can be contacted at 800-928-2350.
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.