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

  • Davenport: Adoption 101: The Journey From Fostering to Adoption

    Davenport: Adoption 101: The Journey From Fostering to Adoption

    Focuses on the answers to “adoption from foster care” questions by providing information to participants to assist them in gaining a deeper understanding of the adoption process, support, resources, and ways to manage common issues (working with birth families, trauma effects on adoptions) which arise after adoption.  This training is approved for 3 hours of group training.

    Trainer(s): Shelly Hansen

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

    Date: 
    Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: 
    Family Resources, 2800 Eastern Ave. Bldg K, Davenport
    Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Family Resources, 2800 Eastern Ave. Bldg K, Davenport
  • Mason City: CPR & 1st Aid

    Mason City: CPR & 1st Aid

    This class is certified through the American Heart Association and this training meets the requirements for licensure.

    Trainer(s): Sherri Pounds

    Cost for this course is $40 per participant. Payment may be made by exact cash or checks made out to Four Oaks.

    Note: Training does not include a lunch break; bring a lunch to eat during the training.

    *To sign up for trainings please email:familyconnections-nsa@fouroaks.org or call: 3319-784-2341

    Date: 
    Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks-East Campus, 980 S Iowa Ave, Mason City
    Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
    Four Oaks-East Campus, 980 S Iowa Ave, Mason City
  • Dubuque: Overview Session

    Dubuque: 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: 
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks 180 West 15 St., Dubuque
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Four Oaks 180 West 15 St., Dubuque
  • Iowa City: Overview Session

    Iowa City: 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: 
    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks, 1916 Waterfront Dr., Iowa City
    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Four Oaks, 1916 Waterfront Dr., Iowa City
  • Information Session

    Information Session

    Interested in becoming a foster parent? Join us for an information session to learn the basics about the process and what to expect. You may opt to complete an Inquiry Form before this session. RSVP or come to learn more. Contact Amanda Krause at Amanda.krause@lsiowa.org or 712-263-9341.

    Facilitator: Susan Rohan

    Date: 
    Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 5:30pm
    Location: 
    Dream Center, 605 Grand Avenue, Spencer
    Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 5:30pm
    Dream Center, 605 Grand Avenue, Spencer