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Issue No. 9
February 2013
In This Issue
Special Advocates for Education
Grandparents Raising Children Project
Remaining FY 2013 Medically Fragile Training Dates
Southern Bluegrass CRP
ASK Announces New Meeting Locations
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Special Advocates for Education (S.A.F.E.)  

S.A.F.E. Specialists are active foster/adoptive parents who receive specific training and/or have personal experience with enrolling children-in-care in school and working with teachers, coaches, counselors and administrators. They can assist resource parents by answering procedural questions concerning individual education plans (IEPs) for the children in their home. They can also share what steps to take to obtain a 504 plan for their child, as well as what to expect when either of these two efforts are reviewed by the school.  


Please click here to access additional information including contact methods for our current Special Advocates For Education.





Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Training Project

If you are operating or interested in developing support groups for relatives raising children, the Training Resource Center's Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Training Project is ready to assist you. The services include face to face training, on site consultation, or consultation via telephone or email. The training materials are also available for your use on the TRC web page at uky.edu/trc/grandparents 

If you are interested in using our services or would like more information please contact Doug Burnham at burnham@uky.edu or (859) 257-4785.    



Remaining FY 2013 Medically Fragile Training Dates

The remaining dates for initial and ongoing Medically Fragile trainings are available here.


For more information contact Jessica Fletcher, TRC Associate Director.

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The Kindness of Strangers: Southern Bluegrass CRP

Anne Frank once said, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Members of the Southern Bluegrass Citizen Review Panels (CRP) have taken that to heart. The CRP is a group of citizen volunteers in the Southern Bluegrass Region who are federally mandated to conduct a yearly evaluation of the Department for Community Based Services.


Cleaning DCBS visitation rooms

However, in addition to the evaluation work that they are doing this year, the panel also decided to help refurbish the four visitation rooms at the DCBS offices in Lexington. The members pitched in and cleaned all of the furniture and toys, vacuumed, and even used their own money to rent a U-Haul and bring new furniture, which was graciously donated by Southland Christian Church, to the rooms! Commissioner Teresa James praised the group for their willingness to give their time and money for such a worthy project. The families and children of Lexington will have a cleaner, neater visiting area because of the kindness of strangers.



More information about Citizen Review Panels can be found at http://www.uky.edu/TRC/CitizenReviewPanels_  


Group shot_ DCBS visitation rooms
Thanks to the Southern Bluegrass CRP for all their hard work
A.S.K. Announces New Meeting Locations and Times

The new year is starting off as a busy one for the TRC's Adoption Support for Kentucky (A.S.K.) program. We have recently welcomed three new Adoptive Parent Liaisons who have jumped right in and are helping offer support to resource parents in their service region. This has allowed A.S.K. to branch out and provide additional monthly meetings along with reviving groups in some areas.


Several families have demonstrated a need for meetings in the southern portion of the Southern Bluegrass service region. We are proud to announce we now have a meeting in Nicholasville! A.S.K. currently offers 36 monthly meetings statewide in an effort provide peer-led support and training to Kentucky's adoptive and foster parents. The most recent changes and additions to our schedule are reflected below. For a complete listing of support groups, click here.  


Northeastern: The second and last Tuesday of the month, meetings will be held in Grayson at Kentucky Christian University, 100 Academic Parkway, in the Smith Building, room 163 from 6:00-8:00 pm.


Jefferson: Meetings are now held on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the month at the Metropolitan Sewer District, 700 West Liberty St. in Louisville. These meetings meet from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Cumberland: Meetings are held in Somerset at the Pulaski County Library (304 South Main Street) on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and at the McCreary County Library in Whitely City (6 North Main Street) on the last Thursday of the month from 5:00 -7:00 pm.    


Southern Bluegrass: We now have four meetings to meet the needs of Southern Bluegrass! In Lexington, the first Monday of every month at the Northside Library (1737 Russell Cave Road) from 6:00-8:00 pm and the second Saturday of every month at Embrace Church (1015 N. Limestone) from 9:00-11:00 am. In Richmond, the second Saturday of each month at the Madison County Library (507 W. Main) from 2:00-4:00 pm. In Nicholasville from 6:00-8:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month at the Nicholasville Christian Church (104 S. 2nd Street). 


Northern Bluegrass:
Meetings are held in Covington on the first Thursday and second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Newport Syndicate (18 East Fifth Street) and in Erlanger at the Cornerstone Church of God (3413 Hillcrest Lane) on the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm (childcare is NOT offered at the Thursday Newport meetings). We are encouraging resource parents from the lower portion of the Northern Bluegrass region to take advantage of meetings in surrounding areas. Please refer to this schedule to find meeting times and locations.


Two Rivers: There are five meetings in the Two Rivers area. In Owensboro at the Bellvue Baptist Church (4950 State Route 56) the second Monday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm and the third Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm. Also, the first Thursday of the month in Glasgow at the Glasgow Baptist Church (401 South Green Street) from 6:00-8:00 pm and in Bowling Green at the Alive Center (1818 31W Bypass) on the second Thursday monthly from 6:00-8:00 pm and at the Ryan's Steakhouse (1920 Mel Browning Street) from 9:00-11:00 am. Please note we do NOT offer childcare at the Ryan's meetings.  


Please feel free to contact A.S.K. with any questions about meeting times and locations. We can be reached at Adoptky@uky.edu or toll free at (877) 440-6376.



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