Kentucky foster care and adoption guidelines
Thank you for your interest in Kentucky’s waiting children. We hope that you will visit a new Kentucky site about foster care and adoption.
We look forward to talking with you about fostering and adopting and when you are ready, helping you to move forward with the process.
Murray State University, Training Resource Center
Contact: Crystal Dillard or Gail Dick
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In-state phone (Teléfono): 877-994-9970
Out-of-state phone: 270-809-5054
If Crystal or Gail are not available; anyone on the staff can assist you.
Things you should know
- Foster and adoption licensing requirements
- Costs to foster and adopt
- Agency contact and orientation information
- Parent support groups
- Information on Kentucky's children
- Other resources
There are several requirements for adults who want to become foster or adoptive parents. These requirements may vary slightly by agency, but most require some variation of the following:
- Interested families must attend an informational meeting.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
- Parents can be married or single.
- Parents should be financially stable and have an income (separate from any financial support offered to foster or adoptive parents for the child’s needs) sufficient to meet their family's needs.
- Applicants must be able to provide a safe, secure, and healthy home for a child.
- Parents must be in good physical and mental health.
- The home must meet requirements for housing safety and space.
- All adults in the home must successfully complete 30 hours of pre-service preparation training and all paperwork to help them make an informed decision about whether fostering or adopting is appropriate for their family.
The training, evaluation and approval process normally takes six to nine months. The amount of time until a family receives a child depends on how flexible the family is about the type of child they wish to parent. Foster parents may receive a child shortly after approval. Adoptive placements generally take longer because the move to an adoptive home must be planned and gradual so that both the child and the family have time to adjust.
Some private agencies may charge a fee to cover the cost of the training, evaluation, and approval process. Other private agencies are free. The state social services agency’s foster care and adoption program is free. The only cost that may be associated with the training and approval process for many agencies is the cost of the required physical examination. Regardless of your choice of agencies, you are not obligated to become a foster or adoptive parent simply because you attend the program.
The Lakes Region
Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken:
Informational meetings: please call 270-247-2979 to learn more.
Location: 333 Charles Drive, Mayfield
Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg:
Informational meetings: third Tuesday of each month, 5 p.m.
Location: 110 Riverfront Drive, Hopkinsville
Please call (502) 595-5437 to learn about informational meetings at any of the following locations:
First Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.
Location: 920 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville
Second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m.
Location: 908 West Broadway, Louisville
Third Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.
Location: 1503 Rangeland Road at TJ Middle School, Louisville
Fourth Thursday of each month, 6 p.m.
Location: 3610 Bohne Avenue, Louisville
Two Rivers Region
Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren:
Call 270-746-7447 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Daviess, Hancock, McLean, and Ohio:
Informational meeting: first Monday of each month, 6 p.m.
Location: 311 West Second Street, Owensboro
Henderson, Union and Webster
Call 270-826-7178 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Southern Bluegrass Region
Includes Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, and Powell.
Call 859-245-5488 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Salt River Trail Region
Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington:
Informational meetings: second Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m.
Location: 916 North Mulberry, Elizabethtown
Anderson, Bullitt, Franklin, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, and Woodford:
Call 502-633-2055 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Northern Bluegrass Region
Includes Boone, Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, and Scott.
Call 859-292-6632 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Bath, Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson, and Rowan:
Call 606-845-2381 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence:
Call 606-920-2130 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Eastern Mountain Region
Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike:
Call 606-788-7100 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Breathitt, Lee, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe:
Call 606-633-0191 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Ball, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Laurel, Knox, Rockcastle, and Whitley:
Call 606-330-2001 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne:
Call 606-677-4086 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month.
Kentucky Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Support Network
Fifteen parent led teams in various locations across the state that provide support, training and recruitment. This is a peer support program for parents, by parents.
Adoption Support for Kentucky
Sixteen adoptive parent support groups throughout the state.
Resource Parent Mentor Program
Experienced foster and adoptive parents serve as mentors to new foster and adoptive parents during their first six months after approval and placement. This includes weekly calls to respond to questions, concerns or to provide assistance during challenging times.
Kentucky Foster / Adoptive Care Association
This parent-based association is dedicated to the empowerment and encouragement of foster and adoptive families through advocacy and training.
Contact: Terry Gray, president
In Kentucky, there are 7,607 children in out of home care with an average age of 9.8 years. There are 1,774 children with a goal of adoption; of those 1774 children, 855 are legally free for adoption; of those 855 children, 355 children do not have identified families at this time.
- The greatest percentage (51 percent) of these children are age 12 and older.
- Many have brothers and sisters who also need care.
- They represent all races and many ethnic groups.
- Most (75 percent) are able to return home when their birth families or relatives can provide appropriate care for them.