Health and Family Services Cabinet
Jefferson County Families Asked to Consider Foster Parenting; Cabinet for Health and Family Services sponsoring ‘September to Remember’ recruitment effort
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2008) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services wants to make this month a “September to Remember” by encouraging more Jefferson County families to consider foster care.
Employees in the cabinet’s Jefferson County Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office are strongly encouraging area adults to become certified foster parents and welcome a vulnerable child into their home as part of its “September to Remember” recruitment blitz.
“There is such a great need for foster parents in Jefferson County,” Jefferson Service Region Administrator Jackie Stamps said. “Foster parents are an important partner in our child protective services, and, for the well-being of these children, we need more of them.”
About 1,260 of the state’s more than 7,000 foster children live in Jefferson County.
When a judge removes children from their homes because of an unsafe living environment, the children may become part of the state’s foster care system.
Foster families provide temporary, 24-hour care in a home setting. Foster care is temporary until the child can be reunited with his or her family or is provided with another type of permanent living situation.
DCBS makes a diligent effort to keep foster children in their home communities by encouraging families from neighborhoods with the highest number of foster children to consider fostering.
“September to Remember” will take DCBS recruiters to churches and other places of worship to discuss the process for certification and the importance of foster care.
“Children who have to be removed from home because of issues of abuse and neglect are already in upheaval,” Stamps said. “When we can allow children to stay in their own communities and go to their own schools and churches, we help them through a fragile period of adjustment.”
Foster parents must be 21 years old and can be single or married and in good physical and mental health. They must have sufficient income to meet their family’s needs and undergo several background checks, as well as 30 hours of initial training.
“Fostering can present both great challenges and great rewards,” Stamps said. “And for the children who are safe and well cared for when they are separated from their birth parents, it is a blessing. Keeping kids safe truly is everyone’s business.”
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, log on to http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/faqfostercare/ or call (800) 232-KIDS. To request a presentation about fostering, call Andrea Breckenridge at (502) 595-5261 or Betty Bastin at (502) 595-5595.
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