Kentucky Court of Justice
Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care in Fayette, Jessamine and Madison counties

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 Fayette, Jessamine and Madison 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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 25, in Lexington.

The meeting schedules for the Fayette, Jessamine and Madison CFCRBs most in need of volunteers are (Times are local.):

Fayette County
Fayette County CFCRBs meet monthly at the Department for Community Based Services at 1165 Centre Parkway in Lexington.

Fayette Board F: Meets on the third Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
Fayette Board H: Meets on the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m.
Fayette Board I: Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.
Fayette Board K: This is a new board and will meet on the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting time will be based on the schedules of the new volunteers.

Jessamine County
The Jessamine County CFCRB meets on the second Tuesday of every other month at 5 p.m.

Madison County
The Madison County CFCRB meeting schedule will be determined based on the schedules of its new volunteers.

Contacts:
For more information about Fayette and Jessamine counties, potential volunteers may contact Brett Robinson at 859-246-2166 or brettrobinson@kycourts.net.

For more information about Madison County, potential volunteers may contact Shan Sears at 606-451-4303 or shansears@kycourts.net.

Potential volunteers may also contact the Department of Family and Juvenile Services at 800-928-2350 about these or any 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.