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

  • Dubuque: CPR/First Aid*

    Dubuque: 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. Payment may be made by exact cash or checks made out to Four Oaks. This training meets the requirements for licensure. 

    Trainer(s): Chris Barnett & Jenna Norton

                                                   *Note: Cost for this course is $40 per participant.

     

     

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

    Date: 
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks 180 W. 15th St, Dubuque (Cafeteria)
    Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Oct 24 2017.
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Four Oaks 180 W. 15th St, Dubuque (Cafeteria)
  • Clinton: Human Trafficking Training: Any Kid Anywhere***

    Clinton: Human Trafficking Training: Any Kid Anywhere***

    This training is being offered by Circle of Support, a local support group for foster/adoptive parents. Come learn more about who is at risk for human trafficking, how teens fall victim, and how to end the demand. This training will include information about human trafficking laws and stories of Iowa survivors. 

    Trainer(s): Kelly Saul (This training is offered by Circle of Support, a local support group for foster/adoptive parents.)

    ***Child care will be provided; Must Register***

     

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

    Date: 
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave. South, Clinton
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave. South, Clinton
  • Mason City: Understanding Confidentiality Rules *CANCELED*

    Mason City: Understanding Confidentiality Rules *CANCELED*

    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: Sherri Pounds

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

    Date: 
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks-East Campus, 980 S Iowa Ave, Mason City
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Four Oaks-East Campus, 980 S Iowa Ave, Mason City
  • Common Sense Parenting

    Common Sense Parenting

    This is a six-week course for parents and foster parents wanting to build on their existing skills or learn new ways of dealing with their child’s behaviors. This is approved for two hours of training credit each night, and it is recommended you attend all sessions. A free meal is provided at 5:30 p.m., with class from 6 – 8 p.m. Register today by calling 712.302.7999.

     

    Facilitators: Boys Town USA

    Date: 
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Location: 
    First Congregational Church, 611 1st Ave., Council Bluffs, IA
    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 02 2017.
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    First Congregational Church, 611 1st Ave., Council Bluffs, IA
  • Chariton: Understanding Confidentiality Rules

    Chariton: 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):  Stacy Hartsfield
     
     
    To sign up for trainings please email: Familyconnections-dmsa@fouroaks.org
     or call 319-784-2341.
    Date: 
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Lutheran Services 3200 Univeristy Ave, Des Moines, IA
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Lutheran Services 3200 Univeristy Ave, Des Moines, IA