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Kentucky Foster Care and Adoption Guidelines

 

Thank you for your interest in Kentucky’s waiting children. 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: 270-809-2052
    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 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.

 

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

 

The Lakes Region

  • Includes Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken
    • Informational meetings: First Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.
      Location: 333 Charles Drive, Mayfield
      Phone: 270-247-2979
       
  • 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
      Phone: 270-889-6570.

Jefferson Region

  • Includes Jefferson County
    • Informational meetings:

      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
      Location: 1503 Rangeland Road at TJ Middle School, Louisville

      Fourth Thursday of each month, 12 p.m.
      Location: 3610 Bohne Avenue, Louisville
    • Phone: (502) 595-5437

Two Rivers Region

  • Includes 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

Two Rivers Region

  • Includes Daviess, Hancock, McLean, and Ohio
    • Informational meetings: First Monday of each month, 6 p.m.
      Location: 311 West Second Street, Owensboro
      Phone: 270-687-7491.
  • Includes 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

  • Includes 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
      Phone: 270-766-5099
  • Includes 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

  • Includes 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

Northeastern Region

  • Includes 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

  • Includes Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike
  • Call 606-788-7100 for dates, locations, and times of informational meetings as they vary each month

Eastern Mountain Region

  • Includes 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

  • Includes 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

Cumberland Region

  • Includes 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

Statewide List of Private Agencies

 

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: Terry Gray
    Phone: 859-351-5200

 

Information on Kentucky's Waiting Children

 

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
 

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