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Digital Tablet Technology Rolls Out to Foster Families

KVC leaders embrace technology. Back row L-R: Regina Klyachkin (VP of Operations, KVC Kentucky), Brent Lemon (President, KVC West Virginia), Erin Keltner (VP of Operations, KVC West Virginia); Front: Jarrod Dungan (Director of IT/HR , KVC Kentucky), Elizabeth Croney (President, KVC Kentucky), Josh Fisherkeller (Foster Care Treatment Director, KVC Kentucky)

KVC leaders embrace technology. Back row L-R: Regina Klyachkin (VP of Operations, KVC Kentucky), Brent Lemon (President, KVC West Virginia), Erin Keltner (VP of Operations, KVC West Virginia); Front: Jarrod Dungan (Director of IT/HR , KVC Kentucky), Elizabeth Croney (President, KVC Kentucky), Josh Fisherkeller (Foster Care Treatment Director, KVC Kentucky)

KVC has been busy implementing a digital tablet technology initiative to foster families, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service Telecommunications Program.  This grant allows for KVC to bring iPad technology into the homes of our foster parents and is to be used by parents and children alike.

The technology will serve many purposes.  Foster parents will be able to have contact with KVC staff for brief check-ins between appointments and in crisis situations (as appropriate).  In some instances, our therapists will be able to provide therapy via the

device as well.  Foster parents will also be able to attend trainings via the technology for convenience as well.  This will also allow for better communication between team members in between home visits.

The devices have been implemented in the Lincoln and Kanawha areas, while the Beckley/Wyoming area is next.  KVC Home Finders will be contacting their Resource Foster Parents soon about interest in participating in the project.  There will be plenty of training and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions about its use.

Using iPad technology in foster families is something very innovative that, to our knowledge, has not been done before. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing it with foster parents, children and the community!