Kentucky Court of Justice
Volunteers needed to assist children in foster care in Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Campbell, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, Morgan and Powell counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Citizen Foster Care Review Boards that serve Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Campbell, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, Morgan and Powell 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, April 5, in Boone County.
The meeting schedules for the Northern Kentucky and Northeastern Kentucky CFCRBs most in need of volunteers are (Counties are in the Eastern time zone.):
Bath County: Third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Boyd County: Fourth Thursday of each month at 9 a.m.
Bracken/Mason counties: Meets quarterly on the second Thursday of the meeting month at 10 a.m.
Campbell Board 1 – First Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
Campbell Board 2 – Third Monday of each month at 9 a.m.
Carter County: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Elliott/Morgan counties: Third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
Fleming County: Meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of the meeting month at 9 a.m.
Greenup County: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
Kenton 1 – Third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.
Kenton 2 – Third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.
Kenton 3 – Third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Kenton 4 – Second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.
Kenton 5 – Fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.
Lawrence County: Second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
Lewis County: Meets in February, April, June, August, October and December on the third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.
Montgomery County: Fourth Monday of each month at 9 a.m.
Powell County: Third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 AOC’s Division of Dependent Children’s Services, which is a division of the Department of Family and Juvenile Services. 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.