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

  • Ames: CPR & First Aid

    Ames: CPR & First Aid

    This class is certified through the American Heart Association and requires a fee of $40 per participant due at the beginning of class and payment may be made by exact cash or checks made out to Four Oaks. This training meets the requirements for licensure.

    Trainer(s): Sarah Wiedenhoeft

    *Training does not include a lunch break; please plan to bring a lunch to training.

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

    Date: 
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Location: 
    Youth and Shelter Services, Youth Activity Center, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Youth and Shelter Services, Youth Activity Center, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames
  • Beliefs, Values, and Attitudes

    Beliefs, Values, and Attitudes

    Foster parents and professionals working with foster parents will better understand and evaluate how their beliefs, values, and attitudes influence their approach to foster parenting, interacting with birth parents, and providers. Please RSVP to Dawn.Luetje@LSIowa.org or 712.263.9341.

     

    Facilitator: Dawn Luetje

    Date: 
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Council Bluffs, Iowa (the location will be sent out at registration)
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Council Bluffs, Iowa (the location will be sent out at registration)
  • Ames: Understanding Confidentiality Rules

    Ames: 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): Sarah Wiedenhoeft

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

    Date: 
    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Location: 
    Youth and Shelter Services, Youth Activity Center, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames
    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Youth and Shelter Services, Youth Activity Center, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames
  • Changing to Trauma Informed Partnerships in Parenting – TIPS/MAPP

    Changing to Trauma Informed Partnerships in Parenting – TIPS/MAPP

    This Denison Area Support Group training provides foster parents with the updates to PS/MAPP training, focusing on Trauma Informed responses and Partnerships in Parenting. Please RSVP to Dawn Luetje or Lisa Kolbe at 712.263.9341.

     

    Facilitator: Dawn Luetje

    Date: Oct. 23

    6 – 8 p.m.

    Social time starts at 5:30 p.m.

    Date: 
    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Pizza Ranch, 510 N Hwy 39, Denison, IA 51442
    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Pizza Ranch, 510 N Hwy 39, Denison, IA 51442
  • 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.

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    Date: 
    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Family Resources 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport
    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Family Resources 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport