Become a Foster Parent
There are more than 9,500 Kentucky children and teens in foster care, and you can change a child’s life by becoming a foster parent! Fostering provides a child who has experienced abuse or neglect with a safe, loving environment. On top of this, it gives you the opportunity to show a child the love and care they deserve while growing emotionally, mentally and spiritually as you teach life skills and give support.
The requirements for becoming a foster parent vary from state to state; however, to meet general requirements in Kentucky you must:
- Be able to provide a nurturing and supportive home to a child in need
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Be either single or married
- Be able to meet basic income guidelines
- Be able to provide adequate bedroom space and a separate bed for each foster child
- Have reliable transportation
- Be willing to complete 30+ hours of free Therapeutic Foster Care Training which includes nine in-person classes and six online classes.
- Agree to use non-physical discipline for children
- Be willing for everyone in your household to undergo complete background checks.
What Can you Expect from KVC Kentucky?
Before and after a child is placed in your home, KVC gives your family the tools and training needed to ease the transition, ensure a positive stay, and help the child adjust to life changes. Pre-Service and continuous training is provided to make sure you have the skills necessary to meet the child’s needs.
Throughout your foster parent experience, we provide in home therapeutic and case management support services. Our Foster Care Clinician Specialists work hand in hand with you and other important people in the child’s life to create an individualized plan with the goal of increasing the child’s well being and helping them during difficult transitions.
Support for Foster Families includes:
- 24 hour access to In Home Therapeutic and Case Management Services
- Unparalleled pre-service and continuing education
- Support groups
- Respite Services
- Parents night out!
- Organized Foster Parent and Children Activities and Events
- Annual Foster Care Conference
- Financial Compensation for Children in your care
KVC Kentucky provides basic foster care as well as these specialized foster care services:
Therapeutic Foster Care – Foster parents provide services to children that have been abused, neglected or have experienced serious traumatic events. These children often have difficulty regulating their emotions and may present challenging behaviors. These children have often had multiple placements and need extra support in making a successful transition to foster care and ultimately a transition into a permanent placement. .
Respite Care– These foster parents serve children who are currently placed in another KVC foster home but need a temporary placement. This service is designed for foster parents to help each other when circumstances in their home temporarily make it difficult to give the child the care that they need.
We understand that the decision to foster a child is complex and important so we work with our Foster Parents at a pace they are comfortable with. KVC KY provides individual consultations in your home or at our offices to provide support in helping you decide if Foster Care is a good fit for you and your family. Together, we carefully identify your strengths and needs and place children in your home collaboratively to ensure the best chance of success. Ready to learn more? Click here to request more information.
KVC serves its families equally, without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.
Click here to view our KVC Kentucky Foster Care Brochure.
Have additional questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Foster Care page.
Foster to Adopt
In some cases it is possible to adopt a child through foster care. When a child is removed from the home, every attempt is made to return that child to their home or with a relative. When a parent’s rights to the child are terminated, the Department for Community Based Services will seek out an adoptive home. We collaborate with state agencies to move the child into adoption when a family is willing to become a forever family for the child.
Where We Are
KVC Kentucky is a licensed Child Placing Agency in the following regions and counties:
- The Southern Bluegrass region serves families in Fayette Boyle, Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, and Powell Counties, with an office in Lexington and Richmond.
- The Northern Bluegrass region serves families in Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Pendleton, Scott, Harrison, Bourbon, and Nicholas Counties, with an office in Florence.
- The Salt River region serves families in Woodford, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Anderson, Trimble, Bullitt, Oldham, and Franklin, Breckenridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington, with an office in Shelbyville.
- The Northeastern region serves families in in Boyd, Lawrence, Carter, Elliott, and Greenup ,Bath, Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson, and Rowan counties, with an office in Morehead and Ashland
- The Eastern Mountain Region serves families in Pike, Floyd, Magoffin, Martin, Johnson, Breathitt, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Knott, Perry, Owsley, and Wolfe Counties, with an office in Hazard and Prestonsburg