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Out of Home Care (OOHC) Branch

The Out of Home Care Branch focuses on children placed out of their home of origin assisting the cabinet in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families.

The branch is responsible for developing programs that support children's attainment of permanency and stability in their lives. Foster care, private child care placements, kinship care and interstate compact are all services within the branch that provide for a child's placement needs. Additionally, the Out of Home Care Branch develops standards of practice and services to support the child and their family while placed in out of home care.

Help with foster care

Training for Foster Families - Certification of Foster Families

Child Removed - Foster Care Statistics

  • Foster Care Information - (800) 232-5437
  • Out of Home Care Branch - (502) 564-2147

Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care

Resource Parent Handbook

The Resource Parent Handbook was created for the Department for Community Based Services' (DCBS) foster/adoptive parents for day-to-day use while caring for the foster children in their homes. It is designed to give practical information as well as guidance to making decisions regarding the care of the children in out of home care.
Click here to access the Resource Parent Handbook

Handling Allegations Against Your Resource Home

The Handling Allegations Against Your Resource Home  brochure is intended for use as a guide to assist Resource Homes in coping with the potential crisis of a home investigation. This document is not intended to supersede or contradict the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ policies and procedures. This document may be reproduced solely for nonprofit educational purposes or personal use.

Diligent Recruitment

It is the responsibility of the branch to recruit and develop placements for children that will meet their individual needs. The branch works closely with Recruitment and Certification staff in the development of their diligent recruitment plans and in the provision of training to support the placements.

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent or a foster parent, please look at the items on the Diligent Recruitment menu below. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.

Diligent Recruitment Menu


If you have gone through normal channels and your problem is still not resolved, you may get help from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Call (800) 372-2973 or (800) 627-4702 (TTY)

Click here to go to the Office of the Ombudsman's Web site


Last Updated 6/6/2016