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Discuss foster care system at virtual town hall meetings
By Jamie Neal
Frankfort, KY - The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings in September to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Anyone with an interest in making the foster care system better is encouraged to attend one of the regional meetings that will take place Sept. 14, 17, 22 and 24. Registration is required.
Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide are hosting the events. The meetings are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues with foster care and adoption processes. The legislation requires CFCRBs to offer regional meeting at least twice a year to get public input on the foster care system.
At the September meetings, CFCRBs will lead discussions on identifying barriers to getting children in foster care into safe, permanent homes. Due to confidentiality, specific cases will not be discussed.
Findings from the meetings will be reported to the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board and included in the CFCRB's annual recommendations to the Supreme Court of Kentucky, governor and legislature.
For more information, contact the Kentucky CFCRB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Citizen Foster Care Review Boards
CFCRBs are teams of court-appointed volunteers who make a difference in the lives of local children who are in foster care in Kentucky. The children are in care due to dependency, neglect or abuse. The 700-plus volunteers review cases and make recommendations to state courts and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services on behalf of the children. The volunteers work to ensure that children's needs are met while in care and that they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The CHFS administers the state foster care program.
The Kentucky General Assembly created the Kentucky CFCRB in 1982 to decrease the time children spend in out-of-home care. In Fiscal Year 2020, volunteers reviewed 23,641 cases involving 13,838 children in out-of-home care. View the latest CFCRB Annual Report.
Volunteer with a CFCRB
Make a difference for the children in your community by serving as a CFCRB volunteer. CFCRBs throughout Kentucky are in need of volunteers. Get more information and apply here.
Administrative Office of the Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts provides support services to the CFCRB program. The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 employees and 406 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. The AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.
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