Kentucky Court of Justice
Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care in Northern Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 17, 2012  
Contact Information:  Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033
jamieneal@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Bracken, Campbell, Kenton and Mason 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 meeting schedules for the Northern Kentucky CFCRBs most in need of volunteers are (Times are local):

CFCRB for Bracken/Mason counties
Meets quarterly

Campbell County CFCRBs
Campbell 1, first Tuesday of each month, 4:30 p.m.
Campbell 2, third Monday of each month, 9 a.m.

Kenton County CFCRBs
Kenton 1, third Thursday of each month, 11 a.m.
Kenton 2, third Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.
Kenton 3, third Tuesday of each month, 1 p.m.
Kenton 5, fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 p.m.

For more information, volunteers may contact:

Jamie Bergman
Northern Kentucky CFCRBs
Administrative Office of the Courts
859-334-3245 or jamiebergman@kycourts.net 
OR
The Department of Family and Juvenile Services at 800-928-2350

Individuals who would like to volunteer but are not available for the aforementioned meetings may contact Bergman to get information on other CFCRBs.  

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.