Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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275 East Main ST,
3 C-E
Frankfort, KY 40621
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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Thank you for your interest in learning more about foster care and adoption with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We applaud you for your willingness to want to make a difference in the lives of children.

It is amazing what a life-changing moment it is for you and a child when you choose to open your heart to a young person in need of a temporary home! Most of the children simply need a place to reside temporarily before they are returned to their biological families. For those children who cannot return home, adoption provides them with a permanent family to call their own. Foster and adoptive parents are a valuable resource for children, their biological families, and the entire community.

In addition to foster care and adoption, the state of Kentucky values relative and fictive kin caregivers and their dedication to children. Familial and fictive relationships and attachments are paramount for a child’s wellbeing. Relatives and fictive kin caregivers undertake the responsibility of caring for their loved ones and are a valuable resource to the Commonwealth. These caregivers also need resources and support to ensure their success.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

You'll still have support and guidance when you receive a foster placement. Kentucky has continued training and can connect new foster parents with experienced families through the Foster Parent Mentor Program.

Having access to an experienced foster family is invaluable. You'll be able to connect with other adults who have advice and can provide coaching to make your parenting journey easier.

Your local child-placing agency is one of your best sources of information and foster parenting services.

Nonprofit child welfare organizations approved by the state recruit resource parents, provide resources, and offer training and general support. When you attend the informational orientation and parent training, you'll receive books and resources that tell you more about the many available foster parent support groups.


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