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Changing the World One Child at a Time by

Through Foster Care

BJ Krug

When I was 12 my family made a choice few do—we became a foster family, giving children in some of the worst possible circumstances a chance at a safer life until their birth family could care for them again. Over the course of the six years my family fostered, seven children--including two groups of siblings--came into our home and placed an indelible mark on our lives forever. Sadly that is just a drop in the bucket when considering the number of children who need foster care. Currently, over 500 children are in need of foster care in the eighteen county Cumberland region, with only about 450 foster families, counting the families that work through the many private agencies. With the knowledge

that finding the right situation for both the foster family and the foster child can be extraordinarily difficult, it is clear that there still need to be more foster families. Valerie Kelsey, Family Service Office Supervisor with the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, says there are many reasons a child may need foster care. “Abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, dependency, and then we get some children that their families just can’t care for them. Status offenders, truancy issues--substance abuse is a huge issue. Sometimes children just aren’t safe to remain in the home.” Rhonda Cantrell, Social Services Clinician with the Department for Community Based

Services, adds, “It’s always the first goal to reunite with a family member that’s safe” underscoring that foster placement is ideally a short-term situation. There are a number of different foster and adoption agencies that partner with the Department for Community Based Services, such as Sunrise Children’s Services, based in Mt. Washington, Kentucky, with branches throughout the state, including Somerset. Pat Crabtree says she enjoys seeing the process of people choosing to become foster parents and then continuing into the future. “As a director, I see how it evolves from the inquiry to become foster parents all the way to placement.” Tammy Burns, foster care specialist at Sunrise Children’s Services, says “I

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Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal

Southern Kentucky Health and Family, May 2013  

Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal is a publication of and is distributed by Newspaper Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of...

Southern Kentucky Health and Family, May 2013  

Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal is a publication of and is distributed by Newspaper Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of...

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