Four Oaks and Lutheran Services in Iowa now manage respective areas for foster and adoptive families.

In order to serve foster and adoptive families closer to where they live, Iowa’s Foster Care and Adoption Services will now be divided between Four Oaks and Lutheran Services of Iowa. Four Oaks will be serving areas 2-5. LSI will be serving area 1.

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Iowa's Awesome Families: News & Updates

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 3:13pm

Meet Nicole and Kristan, an Oakland-based queer couple who want to adopt a kid. Watch their journey unfold in this short comedic docuseries about one queer couple's journey to parenthood through the foster-to-adoption process. Along the way they seek out advice from other fost-adopt families and...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 1:46pm

More than 400,000 children in the U.S. are part of the national foster care system and more than 23,000 of those individuals age out of the system each year. The foster care transition toolkit was created by the U.S. Department of Education to provide youth in foster care with the resources and...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 3:19pm

September 30, 2015

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) has released its prelimiary fiscal year 2014 data.

Numbers at a Glance, as of September 30, 2014:

  • 415,129 children in foster care
     
  • 264,746 children entered...

Events

  • Common Sense Parenting

    Common Sense Parenting

    This is a six-week course for parents and foster parents wanting to build on their existing skills or learn new ways of dealing with their child’s behaviors. This is approved for two hours of training credit each night, and it is recommended you attend all sessions. A free meal is provided at 5:30 p.m., with class from 6 – 8 p.m. Register today by calling 712.302.7999.

     

    Facilitators: Boys Town USA

    Date: 
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Location: 
    First Congregational Church, 611 1st Ave., Council Bluffs, IA
    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 02 2017.
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    First Congregational Church, 611 1st Ave., Council Bluffs, IA
  • Chariton: Understanding Confidentiality Rules

    Chariton: Understanding Confidentiality Rules

    This course will cover the ins and outs of confidentiality for foster parents and best practices to protect confidentiality. This training is approved for 2 hours of foster parent training credit.
     
    Trainer(s):  Stacy Hartsfield
     
     
    To sign up for trainings please email: Familyconnections-dmsa@fouroaks.org
     or call 319-784-2341.
    Date: 
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Lutheran Services 3200 Univeristy Ave, Des Moines, IA
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Lutheran Services 3200 Univeristy Ave, Des Moines, IA
  • Getting on the Same Page

    Getting on the Same Page

    For this training, parents have the opportunity to invite their support network – teachers, grandparents, babysitters, church members, therapists – anyone involved in their child’s life! During this training, we’ll focus on understanding a child with a traumatic background, and what foster parents and friends can do to help them build a brighter future. This is a free two hour credited training. Free childcare will be provided and Kaden’s Kloset will be open for shopping. Please RSVP with the number of adults and children of all ages to Becky Groeneweg at Becky.Groeneweg@LSIowa.org.

     

    Facilitator: Darcie Van Voorst

    Date: 
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Good News Community Church, 1010 Julia St. Okoboji, IA 51355
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Good News Community Church, 1010 Julia St. Okoboji, IA 51355
  • Clinton: Overview Session

    Clinton: Overview Session

                                   Do you have some extra room in your home AND heart?

                                                                Consider becoming a foster parent for Iowa's children!

                              We are looking for families who can care for larger sibling groups and school aged children who need safe foster homes!

       Youth enter foster care through no fault of their own and need a caring, stable family for temporary care, a few days to several months, or for the purpose of permanency through guardianship or adoption.

                          Foster parents can be a single person or a partnered or married couple and come from diverse and varied backgrounds.

     If you want to help but aren’t ready to become a foster parent, you can make a difference by referring someone you know who would be a great foster/adoptive family or by volunteering to help us get the word out about Four Oaks Fostering Connections.

                     Please plan to attend and hear more about how you can help your community support children & families in the child welfare system.

                                          To sign up to attend, please email or call: familyconnections-esa@fouroaks.org or call 1-844-380-2533

    Date: 
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Zion Lutheran Church 439 3rd Ave South, Clinton
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Zion Lutheran Church 439 3rd Ave South, Clinton
  • Muscatine: Overview Session

    Muscatine: Overview Session

     

                                Do you have some extra room in your home AND heart?

     

                                                         Consider becoming a foster parent for Iowa's children!

                              We are looking for families who can care for larger sibling groups and school aged children who need safe foster homes!

       Youth enter foster care through no fault of their own and need a caring, stable family for temporary care, a few days to several months, or for the purpose of permanency through guardianship or adoption.

                          Foster parents can be a single person or a partnered or married couple and come from diverse and varied backgrounds.

     If you want to help but aren’t ready to become a foster parent, you can make a difference by referring someone you know who would be a great foster/adoptive family or by volunteering to help us get the word out about Four Oaks Fostering Connections.

                     Please plan to attend and hear more about how you can help your community support children & families in the child welfare system.

                                          To sign up to attend, please email or call: familyconnections-esa@fouroaks.org or call 1-844-380-2533

    Date: 
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    McAvoy Center 152 Colorado St., Muscatine
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    McAvoy Center 152 Colorado St., Muscatine