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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  • Ankeny: Orientation Session

    Ankeny: Orientation Session

     

                                                                               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.

                                              Questions? Please contact us at: familyconnections-dmsa@fouroaks.org

    Date: 
    Monday, February 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks Ankeny Office, 6864 NE 14th St Suite 5A, Ankeny, IA
    Monday, February 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
    Four Oaks Ankeny Office, 6864 NE 14th St Suite 5A, Ankeny, IA
  • “Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” (Sioux City)

    “Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” (Sioux City)

    This free presentation delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. This session is worth 1.5 hours of group credit. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/resiliencewoodburyext.

    Date: 
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
    Location: 
    Woodbury County Extension and Outreach Office, 4728 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
    Woodbury County Extension and Outreach Office, 4728 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City
  • Eldora: Oh Brother! The Importance of Sibling Connections

    Eldora: Oh Brother! The Importance of Sibling Connections

    This course will focus on sibling relationships and the benefits of these connections, laws and policies that influence sibling placements, and dynamics that may exist in sibling relationships. Participants will also discuss ways to overcome potential challenges associated with sibling relationships. This training is approved for 2 hours of foster parent training credit.

    Trainer: Bambi Schrader

    *To sign up for trainings please email or call: Familyconnections-nsa@fouroaks.org or 319-784-2341

    Date: 
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Eldora Public Library, 1202 10th St., Eldora
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Eldora Public Library, 1202 10th St., Eldora
  • Clinton: The Traumatic Experience and Trauma Informed Care**

    Clinton: The Traumatic Experience and Trauma Informed Care**

    This training will focus on the different types of trauma and their definitions, as well as how children physically and emotionally experience a traumatic experience. It will include the physical, emotional, mental, and educational effects of trauma and will discuss different behaviors that typically are seen in children who have experienced trauma. The training will also provide strategies that work with children who have been traumatized and provide many national and local resources for foster and adoptive parents to utilize and get more information.

    Trainer(s): Jessica Leal, LMSW & Amber Marlowe

    **This training is offered by Circle of Support, a local support group for foster/adoptive parents.

    To sign up for trainings, please send an email with your name and phone number to: familyconnections-esa@fouroaks.org

    Date: 
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Zion Lutheran Church – 439 3rd Avenue S, Clinton, IA 52732
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Zion Lutheran Church – 439 3rd Avenue S, Clinton, IA 52732
  • Council Bluffs Support Group: Life After TIPS MAPP

    Council Bluffs Support Group: Life After TIPS MAPP

    This is an approved two-hour parent training addressing the reality of foster parenting and adoption. We will explore your experiences, placement preferences, trauma reactions children in your home have demonstrated and how to go forward, recognizing the impact on your family and working with all partners to best meet your needs and the needs of the children placed in your home. Please RSVP to as85js62@yahoo.com

     

    Facilitator: Jill Stone and Sandra Dollen

    Date: 
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Location: 
    Church of Christ, 1525 McPherson Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Church of Christ, 1525 McPherson Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503