Kentucky Court of Justice
Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care in Clark, Fayette, Garrard and Jessamine counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Clark, Fayette, Garrard and Jessamine 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 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.
The Kentucky General Assembly created the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, or 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 Friday, Jan. 24, in Lexington.
There are two types of Citizen Foster Care Review Boards. Some CFCRBs review the case files of children in foster care while others, called Interested Party Review Boards, conduct interactive reviews with all parties involved in cases. These parties include the children in the case, social workers and biological and foster parents.
A new Clark County CFCRB needs Interested Party Review volunteers. The meeting schedule will be based on the availability of the volunteers.
The Fayette County CFCRB needs volunteers for its Interested Party Review Boards and its boards that review case files. All times are local.
The Interested Party Review Boards that are most in need of volunteers meet monthly at 9 a.m. Each board meets on a different day of the month:
• Fayette IPR 1: Third Tuesday of the month
• Fayette IPR 2: Third Wednesday of the month
• Fayette IPR 3: First Thursday of the month
• Fayette IPR 4: Second Thursday of the month
• Fayette IPR 5: Third Thursday of the month
The meeting schedules for the boards that review case files and are most in need of volunteers are as follows:
• Fayette 6: 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month
• Fayette 7: 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month
• Fayette 8: This is a new board and will meet on the first Thursday of each month. The meeting time will be based on the schedules of the new volunteers.
• Fayette 9: This is a new board. The meeting day and time will be based on the schedules of the new volunteers.
Individuals who are interested in volunteering in Fayette County but are unavailable for the schedules listed above are asked to contact the Department of Family and Juvenile Services at the Administrative Office of the Courts for information on other Fayette boards. Contact Family and Juvenile Services at 800-928-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garrard County CFCRB needs Interested Party Review volunteers and meets at 9 a.m. local time on the first Monday of each month.
The Jessamine County CFCRB needs volunteers to review the case files of children in foster care and meets at 5:30 p.m. local time on the first Tuesday of each month.
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 email@example.com.
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.