Kentucky foster care and adoption guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Kentucky’s waiting children. We hope that you will visit the Kentucky website 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.

Contact information

Murray State University, Training Resource Center
Contact: Crystal Dillard or Gail Dick
Email: cpalmisanodillard@murraystate.edu or gdick@murraystate.edu
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

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 15 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.

Costs to foster and adopt

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.

Agency contact and orientation information

Statewide list of private agencies (82 KB Excel file)

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
Phone: 270-247-2979

Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg:

Informational meetings: please call 270-889-6570 to learn more.
Location: 110 Riverfront Drive, Hopkinsville
Phone: 270-889-6570.

Jefferson County

Please call (502) 595-5437 to learn about informational meetings or read our 2017 schedule. (332 KB PDF).

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: Call for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings: 270-687-7491.
Location: 311 West Second Street, Owensboro
Phone: 270-687-7491

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:

Call for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings: 270-766-5099.
Location: 916 North Mulberry, Elizabethtown
Phone: 270-766-5099

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.

Northeastern Region

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.

Cumberland Region

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.

Parent support groups

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.
Phone: 1-877-994-9970

Adoption Support for Kentucky
Sixteen adoptive parent support groups throughout the state.
Phone: 877-440-6376

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.
Phone: 877-440-6376

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: Melinda McGuire, interim president
Phone: 859-779-0337
Email: mlyndaka@aol.com


 

Information on Kentucky's waiting children

In Kentucky, there are 8,016 children in out of home care with an average age of 9.7 years.

  • The greatest percentage (24 percent) of these children are between 6 and 12 years old.
  • Many have brothers and sisters who also need care.
  • They represent all races and many ethnic groups.
  • Many (47.4 percent) of children have a goal of reunification with their birth family.

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