Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Bullitt, Hart, LaRue, Marion and Washington counties are seeking 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 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.
The next training for volunteers will take place Friday, Sept. 19, in Elizabethtown.
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.
The LaRue County IPR board meets at 8 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month.
To get more information or volunteer, visit http://courts.ky.gov/courtprograms/cfcrb/Pages/default.aspx and click on the CFCRB Initial Training Packet on the right.