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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Northern Kentucky’s Most Vulnerable Children

At any given time in Northern Kentucky, there are approximately 900 children in out-of-home care, including foster care and residential living. Now, more than ever, the need for loving families is crucial. Of those 900 children, more than 30% are removed from Campbell County. Currently there are only 19 Campbell County foster homes, two of which are Fort Thomas.

Children must then be placed in foster homes outside their neighborhood, leaving everything they know – their family, friends and school. These children could be the bright future of Fort Thomas if safe and nurturing homes are provided within.

Many people want to make a difference in the life of a child but don’t know how or if they can. General requirements include but are not limited to one being financially stable, that is, able to meet the needs of you and your family. However, support services are available to help families with medical coverage and daycare assistance for children in care. One can be single, married, widowed or divorced and become certified. Free training is offered to those who believe fostering and adopting is ideal for them.

There are other avenues in which to help children aside from fostering and adopting. Mentoring or volunteer programs can enhance social skills, self esteem and school performance to those in care.

If you are interested in finding out how you can make a difference, please contact Andrea Greely with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services at (859) 292-6632, ext. 231.

Recruitment workers will be in the community March 28th. Businesses interested in promoting the need for foster care and adoption, please contact Andrea Greely as well.

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