More than 8,600 Kentucky children are in the state foster care system and that number continues to rise each month. 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. Our dedicated staff work diligently to recruit and train community members to become foster parents while providing ongoing support for families who decide to foster a child. St. Joe’s provides individual and family therapy as well as 24/7 support to the families we serve. 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. 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. For example, the number of children who need a safe and loving home has increased 249% since 2014, largely due to the opioid epidemic. 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. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? Start your journey of foster care and adoption by enrolling in the next training session today!
Almost anyone can foster. You can be:
You don’t have to be:
It does not cost a lot of money to be a foster parent!
It has been said that fostering a child is the toughest job you’ll ever love, and the most rewarding experience a person or family can have.
Contact us today if you are interested in supporting a child in need! Call Lisa Barber-Atwell at (502) 893-0241, ext. 208, or e-mail at email@example.com.
“Though the role of St. Joseph’s has evolved continually over the years, this much is certain about its future—whenever children need it, St. Joseph Children’s Home will be there in some capacity, in some aspect, doing the work of the gospel, caring for young ones who need care the most. That has always been the example, the message, St. Josephs’ has given to the rest of us through its work and its people. It is a message and a mission we should always take to heart”
Foster Care and Adoption Training
We have four certification training cycles per year. See below for the 2018 certification training schedule:
January 11th – March 1st, Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m.
April 10th – May 29th, Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m.
July 12th – September 6th (skipping picnic weekend), Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m.
October 2nd – November 20th, Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m.
All training sessions are held at St. Joseph Children’s Home. For more information please call Lisa Barber Atwell at (502) 893-0241, ext. 208 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for Certification
Come learn more about the process of becoming certified as a foster parent or respite provider! Informational meetings are held at St. Joseph Children’s Home and start at 5:45pm. See below for available 2018 dates:
Must RSVP to attend. Contact Lisa Barber-Atwell at (502)-893-0241, ext. 208 or email@example.com.
Information for Certified Families
Support groups are held the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Children’s Home. Childcare is provided and please RSVP to attend at Lisa Barber-Atwell at (502)-893-0241, ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic requirements for therapeutic foster or adoptive parents
There are several requirements to become a prospective foster/adoptive parent. These include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Must be at least 21 years old or of an age to have naturally parented the ages requested.
2. Must be a resident of the state of Kentucky and live within 50 miles of our agency to ensure that the needed support and supervision are provided to maintain a successful placement.
3. If married, be married at least two years* and demonstrate marital stability.
4. Complete the orientation and interview process.
5. Complete criminal history check and child/spouse abuse records check.
6. Successfully complete 36 hours of pre-service training, in addition to CPR & First Aid.
7. Have an approved home-study completed by St. Joseph’s, indicating the condition of the home to ensure the health, safety, well-being, privacy and comfort of each member.
8. Be willing and able to maintain accurate daily logs detailing the child’s activities, behaviors, problems and progress.
9. Be willing and able to accept an intense level of supervision and involvement from the Foster Care Specialist. This includes being available for weekly or bi-monthly supervision, ongoing monthly training and monthly treatment team reviews. If fostering, participate in an average of 24 hours of training per year.
10. Be able to provide supervision of the child placed in their home.
11. Have an income sufficient to meet present family needs and obligations.
12. Have a reliable vehicle, good driving record, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.
13. Have a plan for childcare developed prior to the time a child is placed in their home.
14. Provide a statement of health from a physician verifying that all household members are free from communicable diseases, and that the prospective adoptive/foster parents are physically able to care for a child.
15. Not be certified as a foster parent with any other agency.
16. Not have a licensed child care facility in the home.
The next step in the process is to schedule an informational meeting with Lisa Barber Atwell OR attend our monthly informative meeting, held the first Tuesday of the month at 5:45 p.m. You can reach Lisa by email at email@example.com or by phone at (502) 893-0241, ext 208.