Who We Are

Iowa KidsNet was established in 2006. Four Oaks is the managing partner of Iowa KidsNet, a statewide collaboration of agencies working to create safe, permanent connections between children and families through foster care, adoption and reunification with birth families. This work is done under a statewide Recruitment and Retention of Resource Families contract. Iowa KidsNet is the single statewide service provider for Iowans interested in becoming foster parents or adopting from foster care.

What We Do

We are contracted by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to recruit, train, license and support Iowa’s foster and adoptive families.

You should know that Iowa KidsNet is not a child placement agency. Iowa children are placed in foster and adoptive homes by DHS, and DHS makes all final decisions regarding the licensure and approval of foster and adoptive families.

We’re here to help and support you along the way!

Our Mission

The mission of Iowa KidsNet is to recruit and retain stable, nurturing, and diverse foster and adoptive families to keep children safe from further trauma and assist them in their transition to permanency.

Our Vision

Every child deserves a safe, loving, and supportive family.

Our Partners

We are a collaboration of the following Iowa nonprofit agencies. Each agency has staff serving in unique roles within Iowa KidsNet:

We also work closely with state and private organizations: