Adoption Resource Program

There are currently too many children in the state of Kentucky in out of home care. By making these children our top priority, we are committed to finding forever families who will be able to provide them with the love and nurturing they will need to become thriving individuals later in life.

 

Family Enrichment Center's Adoption Resource Program was created to build on the strengths and meet the needs of current and prospective foster and adoptive families. Our services are open to all families in the Two Rivers Region*.

Program services include:

  • Monthly foster and adoptive family training on the 2nd Thursday of every month on topics that are pre-approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

  • Recruitment of new foster and adoptive families via community outreach and local and social media outlets

  • Enrollment for "Building Foundations for Successful Parenting" foster/adoptive parenting classes for the Two Rivers Region.

For questions about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, or to enroll in classes, please click here to complete an inquiry form.

Why should I become a foster or adoptive parent?

The experience of fostering and adopting children allows you to give children and youth in need a safe, loving, and nurturing home. Whether this home is temporary through foster care or permanent through adoption, foster and adoptive parents are making a beautiful commitment to a child's lifetime--a commitment to helping their strengths, meeting their needs, and allowing them to grow up happy, healthy, and safe. 

Approval Process

  • Attend an information meeting and complete a basic screening questionnaire before continuing with the process. 

  • If you decide to complete the process past the informational meeting, you will need to complete a minimum of 15 hours of group training provided by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, plus additional online training hours.

  • Background checks must be completed for each adult household member. Record checks include but are not limited to National Crime Information Database (NCID), sex offender registry address check, fingerprinting, and a child abuse/neglect check for each state of residence during the past five years. 

  • A home study will be completed by a local Recruitment and Certification worker. This will be completed through a minimum of three in-home consultations. Additional pertinent documentation will be requested as needed. 

 

What are the requirements for becoming a foster or adoptive parent?

  • Prospective parents must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Must be a legal United States citizen and be a resident of Kentucky. 

  • May be single or married. 

  • Be in good physical and mental health. 

  • Must be able to pass a background check.

  • Be able to provide an appropriate home for children and have a reliable mode of transportation. 

Did you know?

Some of the benefits of becoming a foster parent are: 

  • Provide a safe and loving home for a child that has been abused and/or neglected.

  • Monthly stipend for the care and well-being of the child.

  • Medical insurance provided.

  • Reimbursement for daycare and after-school expenses for families that qualify. 

Children that are adopted from foster care may qualify for the following benefits: 

  • Monthly adoption subsidy until their 18th birthday.

  • Medical insurance and coverage of special medical expenses.

  • Reimbursement for daycare and after-school expenses for families that qualify. 

  • PAID tuition at any public Kentucky university, college, or vocational school. 

Denise Lambrianou

Adoption Resource Coordinator