Health and Family Services Cabinet
Free community fairs to feature resource information; State recruiting foster families at Louisville events
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2007) – To engage more community partners and residents in caring for children, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is sponsoring two free community fairs in the Parkland and South Louisville neighborhoods of the Jefferson Service Region this month.
The first fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Oakland Baptist Church, 1226 Algonquin Parkway.
The second event is the following week. It will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd.
The public is invited to both events. Free food and drinks, music and games will be available. Children can jump in an inflatable ball pit.
Visitors also can pick up information from several community providers and nonprofit agencies, including various state agencies, the Louisville Fire Department and parent support programs. The Louisville Metro Police Department will be making free identification cards for children.
“These neighborhoods see a higher number of children going into state foster care,” said Desirea Rhodes, a clinical associate in the state Department for Community Based Services’ Jefferson Service Region and a fair organizer. “We want to highlight the need for foster parents and share information on the issues faced by families involved in the child welfare system.”
Of the 7,000 children in state foster care, more than 1,300 live in Jefferson County.
Rhodes said the community fairs are a chance to recruit more foster parents from these two areas.
“The cabinet is making a strong effort to keep children in their home neighborhoods when they are removed from home,” Rhodes said. “It is less traumatic for the children not to be uprooted and to stay in their school systems and the communities that they know.”
Community partners who need information about the fair can contact Rhodes at (502) 595-5501. For more information about becoming a foster parent, call (502) 595-KIDS.
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