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Public invited to give input on state foster care system at regional forum Sept. 21 in Salyersville

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The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday, Sept. 21, in Salyersville to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. ET at the Magoffin County Extension Office at 15 Rockhouse Road.

CFCRBs will host seven regional community forums across the state between August and October. The forums are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, legislation passed in 2018 to address issues with foster care and adoption.

“These forums are an important opportunity for people to share their concerns about how children and families experience the foster care system in Kentucky and talk about what can be done to improve it,” said Ed Staats, chairman of the state CFCRB, which guides the work of local CFCRBs statewide.

“Some of the topics we anticipate discussing are getting children into permanent homes as soon as possible and ensuring their safety and well-being while they’re in care. This will be the first time that CFCRBs will hear directly from our communities about these issues. I’m hopeful that, through the forums, citizens will also learn more about the work of their local CFCRBs and consider getting involved,” added Staats.

Findings from the forums will be reported to the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board and will be included in the board’s annual recommendations to the Supreme Court, governor and legislature.

Due to confidentiality, specific case information will not be discussed at the forums.

For more information about CFCRBs and to see a list of all the forums, visit http://courts.ky.gov/courtprograms/cfcrb/Pages/default.aspx

(provided by Administrative Office of the Courts)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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