Ky. Health and Family Services seeking foster parents

By Portia Williams

December 27, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

GREENUP — The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification Unit is reporting their need of foster families for children in Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence counties.

According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification, children are being placed in foster homes far from their homes, families, schools and communities as there are not enough homes locally to provide for their care.

Currently, Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Morgan, and Lawrence counties have 445 children in foster care and there are only 84 CHFS foster homes in this service region.

CHFS also has a need for adoptive homes for children who are unable to return home to their biological families.

There are children eligible for adoption and awaiting families. These children are usually older and may have specific needs or health issues that desperately want a loving home.

To become a foster parent you must attend 30 hours of training, complete background checks, have personal and credit references, meet health and financial requirements and pass a home safety audit.

For more information regarding becoming a foster parent contact Mary Sparks at 606-474-6627 or Liane Detty at 920-2130.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.