More than 8,000 Kentucky children are in the state foster care system and that number continues to rise. These children have been removed from their homes because their parents are unable to care for them for reasons such as financial hardship, loss of employment, emotional and/or mental health and/or substance abuse. If the circumstances improve, the child may reunite with the parents, and the foster and the biological families work together for a smooth transition. In cases where the child is unable to return home, the child becomes eligible for adoption — a “forever family.”
At St. Joe’s, it is our privilege to connect a child with the right family, whether it is only temporary or their forever adoptive family. St. Joe’s provides therapeutic foster care services for children of all ages from newborns to teenagers, not just for the children in our residential treatment program, but all across Kentucky. In 2015, the program served more than 20 counties. Our dedicated staff recruits, trains and provides ongoing support for families who decide to foster a child. St. Joe’s provides rigorous screening and training to our foster families in order to find just the right placement for a child and family.
We provide ongoing individual and family therapy and support available 24/7 to the families we serve. The St. Joe’s team is like family to most of our foster children and families.
Unfortunately, the reality is that there are always more children in need than there are available foster families. St. Joe’s needs families interested in both fostering and adopting—especially those interested in sibling groups, older children, teens, children with behavior problems and children with special needs. We offer extensive training, competitive reimbursements, additional year-round support such as backpacks and school supplies, Easter baskets, summer fun supplies and Christmas support. We also have a strong social network with other families hosting events and providing supplemental support throughout the year.