Undoubtedly, COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for everyone. These challenges have been particularly prevalent for foster and adoptive parents. New research shows that parental stress has significantly increased during COVID-19.  The Office of Foster and Adoptive Parent Support and Training (FAST) in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) are pleased to host two virtual town hall events. The purpose of these events is to provide foster/adoptive parents an opportunity to engage with expert panelists to ask questions and get answers about fostering during COVID-19.


  • Kelli Root, Out of Home Care Branch Manager, DCBS
  • Misty Sammons, Director of the Division of Administration and Financial Management, DCBS
  • Jessica Fletcher, Associate Director, UK Training Resource Center


  • Karen Bowman, Training Specialist & Foster/Adoptive Parent, UK Training Resource Center 

Click below to register for the date that works best for you. Participants will be able to submit questions or topics of interest to the panel for discussion upon registration.

For questions or inquires about these virtual town halls, call 1-833-UKY-FAST or submit an inquiry here.