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The state is in search of volunteers needed to review foster care in Hardin County.
The Kentucky General Assembly created the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, or CFCRB, in 1982 as a way to decrease the time Kentucky children spend in foster care.
The role of the board, which operates within a division of the Administrative Office of the Courts, is to work with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and local courts to find safe, permanent homes for children removed from their families because of abuse, dependency and neglect.
In early 2010, an estimated 17,000 Kentucky children were being cared for by someone other than their parents.
Statewide, about 800 CFCRB volunteers preside on boards that oversee foster care in Kentucky communities. Volunteers are not required to reside in the county where a board meets.
Potential volunteers must complete a six-hour training session and submit to background checks. Successful volunteers are appointed to the CFCRB by the Chief District or a Family Court judge.
Hardin County board members meet at noon on the third Tuesday of each month at the Department for Community Based Services office at 916 N. Mulberry St. in Elizabethtown.
For more information about volunteering with the Hardin County CFCRB, contact Family Services Coordinator Melissa Huffman at (270) 651-1429.