Foster Care and Adoption


Change a child’s life.
They’ll do the same for you.
They know neglect, fear and abandonment.
They need to know love, hope and commitment.

With your help, children from troubled homes finally can have a chance at happiness. Make room in your heart to give a foster child the healthy, nurturing atmosphere that could make all the difference in their world.

Family Treatment Homes

Join the Maryhurst family – become a Family Treatment Home. Foster families are given specialized training to provide a balance of structure and nurture in their homes. This gives our youth a solid foundation to work through issues related to abuse or neglect and continue their journey of hope.

Client Profile:

  • Male or Female
  • Age 0 to 21- emphasis on serving adolescents
  • Unable to receive parental care in their own homes
  • Capable of accepting other family ties
  • Able to participate in family and community life without danger to self or others
  • At risk for failure or have failed in traditional foster care
  • Youth transitioning from group/institutional care- many from other Maryhurst programs
  • Emotional and/or behavioral issues that require skilled families to support in a home setting
  • Placement is not available with extended family or other community resources
  • Not actively a risk to themselves or others at time of admission
  • Not in need of medical detoxification

Foster parents can’t take the place of mom or dad, but they can reap some of the same rewards:

  • The deep satisfaction that comes from making a difference in a child’s life
  • Financial assistance above the cost of care
  • The opportunity for personal growth
  • The chance to form lifetime relationships

Maryhurst offers regular “respite” care to our full-time treatment foster parents. One or two weekends a month, a youth in therapeutic foster care stays with another foster family. This gives the full-time foster parent some time to re-energize and the youth a chance to form other healthy relationships. Some families choose to become certified only to provide respite care. This is a valuable service that provides many of the benefits of fostering without the full-time commitment.

Become a Foster Parent

Foster Parent Pre-Service Training

Maryhurst-foster-care-middle-imageApplicants are required by state regulation to successfully complete 36 hours of pre-service training to become certified as Foster Parents. Requirements include satisfactory attendance, completed homework assignments and the ability to demonstrate the skills learned during training. The training will primarily focus on the following subjects:

  • Effective Communication
  • Motivation
  • Special needs of children
  • Working with a team
  • Rewards
  • Common diagnoses
  • Discipline
  • Documentation

Requirements for Certification as a Family Treatment Home:

  • Completion of 36 hours of pre-service training classes
  • Provide information regarding family background and suitability of living environment
  • Criminal and Abuse/Neglect background checks
  • Meet all qualifications for state licensure as a therapeutic foster parent
  • Completion of a Home study

Treatment foster parents must meet the following qualifications:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Single or married
  • Financially stable
  • Physically healthy enough to care for an active young person
  • Provide credible, positive references
  • No history of abusing or neglecting children or adults
  • Have room in your heart and your home for a child or sibling group

Upcoming Foster Parent Information Classes

If you are interested in becoming a Foster, Adoptive or Respite parent with Maryhurst, please contact Amy Lemley or by phone at (502) 499-1570 x623 for more information. Maryhurst is a privately-operated, not-for-profit agency receiving referrals from the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children.

Innovative Programs in Foster Care

Maryhurst Family Treatment Homes trains its parents and staff members in evidence based and promising practices in trauma-informed care to best serve the children in a home setting. These approaches help promote stability for the child and help the foster parents to be best prepared to assist the young person to meet their goals. Such practices include:

Mockingbird Family Model

Maryhurst has partnered with Mockingbird Society to bring this innovative program design to Kentucky. The Maryhurst Mockingbird Family Model is based on the features found in strong, healthy families and serves to create and extension of family in foster care:

  • Unconditional care | All kids deserve a safe, warm and nurturing home.
  • Support for caregivers | Take good care of the adults who take good care of children, including nearly 24-hour respite care.
  • Connections with siblings | Promotes siblings living in close proximity.
  • Cultural relevance | Children do best when connected with the culture they identify with.
  • Continuity of care | Helps kids stay in the same neighborhood, the same school, even the same soccer team.

The program creates clusters of 6 to 10 satellite foster homes with a hub home. The hub home provides respite care, resources, training and family-focused social activities to build a micro-community of social support among the foster families.

See why ABC’s 20/20 chose Maryhurst as a best practice model for kids in foster care.

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