3:32pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Foster Kids need Volunteer Watchdogs

Fayette County men and women who have a passion for the welfare of children are being encouraged to serve on the local court system's Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The Kentucky General Assembly created the panels back in 1982 to decrease the time children spend in foster care. 

A spokesperson with the Administrative Office of the Courts, says 12 to 15 additional people are needed right now. Shawna Wathen is Family Services Supervisor for Central and Eastern Kentucky.

"This is not for people who are faint of heart because you are going to hear and see pictures, you are going to hear horrific stories about children who have been abused and it is so important that these people understand that up front. But the volunteers that we do have come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds and they all have this common deep compassion for children."

Volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session, successfully pass a criminal background check, and participate in a monthly case review meeting. Additional information is available at kycourts.net.