kids-runningFRANKFORT, Ky. (8/26/14) — Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Northeastern Kentucky are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care.

The counties in need of volunteers are Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson and Rowan. Volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or 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 state 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.

Meeting Schedules

Most CFCRBs review the case files of children in foster care and make recommendations based on the information in the files. Others, called Interested Party Review boards, review the case files and conduct interactive reviews with the parties involved in cases, including the children, social workers and biological and foster parents. These boards are noted in the schedule as IPR. The other boards review case files only. All times are local.

Bath/Menifee counties: Second Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. in Owingsville

Boyd County: Fourth Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. in Ashland

Carter County: Fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. in Grayson

Elliott/Morgan counties: Third Tuesday of every other month at 9 a.m. in Sandy Hook

Fleming/Robertson counties: Third Wednesday quarterly at 9 a.m. in Flemingsburg

Greenup County: Fourth Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. in Greenup

Lawrence County: Second Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in Louisa

Lewis County: Third Wednesday of every other month at 9 a.m. in Vanceburg

Magoffin County: Fourth Wednesday of every other month at 10 a.m. in Salyersville

Montgomery County: Fourth Monday of every month at 9 a.m. in Mount Sterling

To get more information or volunteer, visit the CFCRB web page at http://courts.ky.gov/courtprograms/cfcrb/Pages/default.aspx and click on the CFCRB Initial Training Packet on the right.

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 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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