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.
Maryhurst has parterned 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:
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.
Become A Foster Parent
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.
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.
Requirements for Certification as a Family
- Completion of training classes
- Information regarding family background and suitability of living environment
- Criminal and Abuse/Neglect background checks
- A home study
Rewards of Fostering include:
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
Treatment foster parents must meet the
- 21 years of age or older
- Single or married
- Financially stable
- Physically healthy enough to care for an active
- No history of abusing or neglecting children or adults
Foster Parent Pre-Service Training
Applicants 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
- Special needs of children
- Working with a team
- Common diagnoses
Upcoming Foster Parent Information Classes
1015 Dorsey Lane, Louisville (in the activities center)
Tuesday, April 2nd 6-8pm
Hardin County Public Library
100 Jim Owen Drive Elizabethtown (in the study room)
Tuesday, April 23rd 6-7:30 pm
Maryhurst, the oldest child welfare agency in KY, is starting foster parenting classes for those with or without experience.
Must be at least 21 years old
Complete a preparation training course
Submit a criminal background check (doesn't have to be spotless)
we accept all lifestyles
single, married, or divorced welcomed
See why ABC's 20/20 chose Maryhurst as a best practice model for kids in foster care:
Click here to see a brochure containing more details and information
If you are interested in becoming a Foster, Adoptive or Respite parent with Maryhurst, please contact Shameika DeVane or by phone at (502) 499-1570 for more information. Maryhurst is a privately-operated, not-for-profit agency receiving referrals from the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children and KY Impact Plus.