Kentucky Court of Justice
Volunteers get training at 2006 Citizen Foster Care Review Board Conference on how to help Kentucky’s foster children
Over 200 volunteers from across the state took part in the 2006 Citizen Foster Care Review Board (CFCRB) Conference at the Executive Inn in Louisville, Oct. 27-29.
“Kentucky has 8,000 children in foster care,” said Chris Cecil, manager of the Dependent Children’s Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). “Each year the CFCRB volunteers conduct 21,000 reviews of children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care. The reviewers play an important role in moving these children into permanent homes as quickly as possible.”
The conference focused on issues and procedures the CFCRB volunteer reviewers are often called upon to handle, such as child sexual abuse, kinship care and older children in foster care. The conference also included an awards banquet to recognize outstanding volunteers and a panel of judges who discussed the role of Family Court.
Citizen Foster Care Review Board
The Kentucky General Assembly created the Citizen Foster Care Review Board in 1982 as a way to decrease the time young people spend in foster care. Today 800 reviewers donate their time to the 141 local boards across the state. They review the case files of children who are removed from their homes and placed into foster care. The reviewers help ensure the children receive the necessary services while in foster care and are ultimately placed in safe, permanent homes. The Dependent Children’s Services Division of the AOC oversees the CFCRB program.
The AOC is the administrative arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice and supports the activities of more than 3,500 court system employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks.