When You Need Service

Operation Open Arms (OOA) is the only privately funded child placing agency licensed by the state of Kentucky. We are not part of social services or the state government, but will assist children who are committed to the state, where we are able to do so. Our unique mission is to provide nurturing home placement for the children of incarcerated parents, with the ultimate goal of reuniting families whenever possible. OOA provides recruitment, training, and assistance for foster families, with financial support coming through fundraisers and private donations. Although our licensure includes all of Kentucky, the majority of our homes are in or near Jefferson County.

If you are a parent in need of our services, please contact Operation Open Arms by calling (502) 493-5007 or emailing administrator@oparms.org. We will accept a collect call from any correctional facility, and will meet with you face-to-face to answer all questions. You will also find many answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page, including information about our commitments to you and your child, and the reunification process after your incarceration.

It is important for you to know that there is a thorough application process, including background information such as prior incarcerations, history of drug use, and family medical history. While we understand that this may be difficult for you to share, it will be in the best interest of the child to be open from the beginning. It is also worth noting that while you will have weekly visits with your child (if you are housed locally), as well as regular communication with your child and his or her foster family, we are not allowed to share that family’s address with you.

If you are a professional seeking assistance or a referral for a child, please contact Operation Open Arms by calling (502) 493-5007 or emailing the Executive Director at rebecca@oparms.org.

We look forward to serving our community and children.

Foster Care Services for Children with Incarcerated Parents