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, 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

  • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART)

    Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART)

    Join us for a training to learn more about Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting and how to identify child abuse. This training meets relicensure requirements; no group training hours will be awarded.

    To Register: FAMILYCONNECTIONS-CRSA@FOUROAKS.ORG

    Date: 
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks, 1916 Waterfront Dr, Iowa CIty IA
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Four Oaks, 1916 Waterfront Dr, Iowa CIty IA
  • LEAN Stability Training

    LEAN Stability Training

    Join us for a training on the Cedar Rapids Service Area's Stability LEAN to learn more about changes from DHS in providing foster care support to your family.

    To Register: FAMILYCONNECTIONS-CRSA@FOUROAKS.ORG

    Date: 
    Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Ahrens Family Foundation Building, 1510 Penrose St, Grinnelle
    Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Ahrens Family Foundation Building, 1510 Penrose St, Grinnelle
  • Verbal De-Escalation

    Verbal De-Escalation

    Please join us for a training on tips and techniques to use for verbal de-escalation of children in your home. This training will meet requirements for 3 hours of group relicensure training.

    To Register: FAMILYCONNECTIONS-NSA@FOUROAKS.ORG

    Date: 
    Friday, August 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2502 S Jefferson Ave, Mason City
    Friday, August 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2502 S Jefferson Ave, Mason City
  • Child and Adolescent Development

    Child and Adolescent Development

    Join us to learn more about typical and a-typical youth development and what you may experience in your home. This training will meet 3 hours of relicensing group training hours.

    To Register: FAMILYCONNECTIONS-NSA@FOUROAKS.ORG

     

    Date: 
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: 
    Nazareth Church (Room 160), 7401 University Ave, Cedar Falls
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Nazareth Church (Room 160), 7401 University Ave, Cedar Falls
  • Child and Adolescent Development

    Child and Adolescent Development

    Join us to learn more about typical and a-typical youth development and what you may experience in your home. This training will meet 3 hours of relicensing group training hours.

    To Register: FAMILYCONNECTIONS-DMSA@FOUROAKS.ORG

     

    Date: 
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: 
    Crest Baptist Church, 1211 N Poplar St. Creston
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Crest Baptist Church, 1211 N Poplar St. Creston