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.
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.
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.
Information provided by Jamie Neal
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