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

  • 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: Michelle Nieman and Jan Britton

    Date: 
    Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Location: 
    LSI Office in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2039 South Aubin Street, Sioux City
    Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
    LSI Office in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2039 South Aubin Street, Sioux City
  • Cedar Rapids: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training

    Cedar Rapids: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training

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

    Trainer: Nikki Hoekstra

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

    Date: 
    Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks, 2100 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids Iowa (Fireside Room)
    Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Four Oaks, 2100 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids Iowa (Fireside Room)
  • Mason City: Overview Session

    Mason 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: 
    Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Mason City - Four Oaks (East Campus) 980 S. Iowa Ave.
    Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Mason City - Four Oaks (East Campus) 980 S. Iowa Ave.
  • Ottumwa: Verbal De-escalation of Dysregulated or Aggressive Behaviors

    Ottumwa: Verbal De-escalation of Dysregulated or Aggressive Behaviors

    Learn tips and techniques to use for verbal de-escalation of children in your home and the role trauma plays when children escalate. This training is approved for 3 hours of group training.

    Trainer(s): Beth Vannevel-Clark 

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

     

     

     

    Date: 
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Location: 
    Great Prairie AEA, 2814 N Court St Ottumwa (conference room A)
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Great Prairie AEA, 2814 N Court St Ottumwa (conference room A)
  • Cedar Falls: Keeping up with Drug Culture, Clothing, Slang and Paraphernalia

    Cedar Falls: Keeping up with Drug Culture, Clothing, Slang and Paraphernalia

    This training covers information about latest alcohol and other drugs trends in Iowa, as well as Information about popular party drugs, prescription medication, over the counter drugs, marijuana edibles and concentrates, cloud chasing, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, including the latest models of electronic cigarette and hookah, will also be presented. During the course of this training, participants will have the opportunity to identify drug related clothing, slang, and shoe wear, paraphernalia and concealment methods. Pathways presenter will have a TEEN MOCK ROOM DISPLAY which includes samples of these items in order to increase awareness about what kids use to hide or consume drugs.  This training has been approved for 2 hours of foster parent training credit.

    Trainer:  Nora Kurtovic

     

    *To sign up for training please email  familyconnections-nsa@fouroaks.org or call 319-784-2341

    Date: 
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Candeo Church, 1405 Greenhill Rd, Cedar Falls
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Candeo Church, 1405 Greenhill Rd, Cedar Falls