If you have a big heart, patience, flexibility, stability and a sense of humor, you can do it. But you don't have to do it alone. When you receive your foster care license, you are assigned a support specialist. He or she is available to answer questions, provide resources, assist with a crisis or behavior management and advocate on your family or child’s behalf.
Respite care can also offer additional help. Through the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA), you can also receive mentoring and peer support.
Iowa KidsNet also offers free post-adoption support services to families with an adoption subsidized by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS).