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. 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 also 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!