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

  • Cedar Rapids: Overview Session

    Cedar Rapids: 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.

    Date: 
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks 2100 1st Ave NE., Cedar Rapids
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Four Oaks 2100 1st Ave NE., Cedar Rapids
  • Dubuque: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART) *CANCELLED*

    Dubuque: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART) *CANCELLED*

    Learn more about mandatory child abuse reporter requirements and how to report child abuse. This training meets the requirements for licensure. 

    Trainer(s): Kay Baker

     

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

     

     

     

    Date: 
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks 180 W. 15th St, Dubuque (Cafeteria)
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Four Oaks 180 W. 15th St, Dubuque (Cafeteria)
  • Des Moines: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART)

    Des Moines: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART)

    Learn more about mandatory child abuse reporter requirements and how to report child abuse. This training meets the requirements for licensure.

    Trainer(s): Stacy Harsfield 

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

    Date: 
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Lutheran Services 3200 Univeristy Ave, Des Moines, IA
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Lutheran Services 3200 Univeristy Ave, Des Moines, IA
  • CPR and First Aid Training

    CPR and First Aid Training

    This is a CPR and First Aid certification course. Upon completion, you will receive a card and be certified for two years. This class costs $40 for individuals. Please RSVP to Joslynn Clark at Joslynn.Clark@LSIowa.org. Class will be in Room F of the Northwest AEA building.

    Facilitator: Mike Cormier  

    Date: 
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Location: 
    Northwest AEA, 1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Northwest AEA, 1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106
  • Davenport: Overview Session

    Davenport: 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.

                                         

    Date: 
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Family Resources 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Family Resources 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport