May is National Foster Care Month

May 21, 2008

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This May, join Four Oaks, a partner of Iowa KidsNet, in making a difference in the lives of children in foster care. May is National Foster Care Month, a chance to come together on behalf of the over 513,000 American children in foster care. Established in 1988, National Foster Care Month highlights the needs of foster care youth and recognizes how families and child welfare advocates are making a lasting impact in their lives.

With their own families in crisis and unable to care for their wellbeing, children in foster care need safe and stable homes to live in until they can safely reunite with their families or create other family relationships that will last a lifetime.

Iowa KidsNet, as a partner of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), provides recruitment, training, licensing, matching and support services for Iowa’s foster and adoptive parents. With over 4,000 Iowa children needing a foster home on any given day, there is a large need for foster and adoptive parents in Iowa. For more information, call Iowa KidsNet at 1.800.243.0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com.

Iowa KidsNet will hold events throughout May to raise awareness, celebrate Iowa’s families and children and encourage more families to make a difference in the life of Iowa’s foster youth. On May 29, Iowa KidsNet will host an afternoon celebration on the steps of the Iowa Capitol building in Des Moines to honor children and families.

Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies that utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents. Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of six Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Children’s Square USA/Child Connect, Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa and Quakerdale. Additional agencies partnering with Iowa KidsNet also include the American Home Finding Association, Avalon Center, Children and Families of Iowa, Young House Family Services and Youth and Shelter Services.