In Kentucky, there are nearly 10,000 children in out of home care. For children with certain histories and needs it can be even more difficult to find a loving home. At Nightlight we believe every child has a right to live in a safe and loving home and our focus is on waiting children who struggle to find nurturing homes in the Commonwealth. Our attention is on finding families for children, ages 6 and up, sibling groups, children who need special medical care due to medical diagnosis and those who have therapeutic needs.
The Kentucky office was approved to offer foster care for therapeutic and medically complex children on March 12, 2020. Our initial contract with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services was awarded later that year.
In Kentucky, there are nearly 10,000 children in out-of-home care. Many of these children are in need of safe and stable foster homes. These placements could be short- or long-term, depending on the needs of the biological family. Respite foster homes are also needed as a support to full-time foster parents.
If a child’s biological family is unable to care for him or her, the child may become eligible for adoption. In the United States, 51% of foster children who found forever families were adopted by their foster parents.
ADOPTING YOUR FOSTER CHILD
At any given time, there are over 650 children in Kentucky who are free for adoption and waiting for a family. Could you be a forever family for one of these? Consider the children found on the Kentucky Kids Belong website.
KENTUCKY’S ADOPTABLE CHILDREN
It is important to understand that every child is unique in their histories, experiences, challenges and strengths. No matter what needs they may have, we believe every child deserves a loving family and the chance to flourish.
Fostering can be challenging at times, so it is important that foster parents have a strong support system (friends, family, church, etc.). Due to our small caseloads, Nightlight has the ability to give you the attention and support you need to navigate your foster care journey.
Children who form strong, healthy attachments (relationships) are more resilient to stressful situations as adults. As a foster parent, you are making impactful, positive changes which could improve a child’s life now and into adulthood.
To become a therapeutic or medically-complex foster parent through a private agency such as Nightlight Christian Adoptions, Kentucky requires you to be trained and your home to be certified. The specified training is a large time commitment, however, it ensures that you will be knowledgeable and equipped to handle the responsibilities of fostering Kentucky’s therapeutic and medically complex children.
The following is an overview of this process:
If you live in the Southern Bluegrass Region of Kentucky (Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Nicholas, Scott or Woodford Counties) and are interested in fostering an older child, ages 6 and up, with therapeutic of medical needs, or a sibling group, Nightlight would love to meet with you!
Please call 859-263-9964 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and we will be in contact with you as quickly as possible.
Families interested in basic foster care or children under the age of 5 should contact the Kentucky Cabinet Adoption’s Branch at 1-800-232-5437.
“Fostering to adopt has been the hardest thing we’ve ever done, but it is also the most wonderful thing we’ve ever done. It is God making beauty from ashes and inviting us to be a part of the process. This experience has blessed our family more than we could have ever imagined!”
Paul & Leesa
Becoming a foster parent begins with completing an info meeting and basic foster parent training through Nightlight’s partnership with Orphan Care Alliance. Please check their training schedule for upcoming opportunities to begin.
Nightlight Adoption Bridge – View photos of children waiting for you
KY FACES (Kentucky Foster Adoptive Caregiver Exchange System) – View Kentucky’s waiting adoptable children
UK College of Social Work – Office of Foster and Adoptive Support and Training
Nightlight is proud to partner with the following organizations: