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Citizen Foster Care Review Board to host regional community forum Friday in Lexington

The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday in Lexington to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. ET in Bluegrass Ballroom 2 at the Lexington Convention Center, which is located at 430 W. Vine St.

CFCRBs are hosting seven regional community forums across the state Aug. 22-Sept. 26. The forums are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues with foster care and adoption. The legislation calls for CFCRBs to offer regional forums at least twice a year to get public input on the foster care system.

“We encourage people to come to the forums and share their concerns about foster care,” said Tom Stevenson, chairman of the Kentucky CFCRB, which guides the work of local CFCRBs statewide. “It’s an opportunity to talk about what can be done to make the system better for thousands of Kentucky children and families. These forums are a pipeline from the public to the governor, legislature and Supreme Court. Let’s talk about getting children into permanent homes quickly, ensuring the safety and well-being of children while they’re in care and other issues. I’m hopeful that some forum attendees may also decide to get involved by volunteering with their local foster care review board.”

Findings from the forums will be reported to the Kentucky CFCRB and will be included in the board’s annual recommendations to the governor, legislature and Supreme Court of Kentucky.

Due to confidentiality, specific case information will not be discussed at the forums.

For information on all the forums, visit kycourts.gov and click on Forum Schedule.

From Administrative Office of the Courts

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