Making a Change

As a foster parent, there will be times when you’ll need to update Iowa KidsNet and DHS about changes in your home. Here are a few examples:

Change in contact information

We need and want to be able to reach you! If you change email addresses or a phone number, please notify your Iowa KidsNet support specialist right away.

Change in which children you can care for

We love talking with you about the strengths and interests of your home!

Your family's strengths and circumstances can change over time. If you are thinking about making a change in which children you can best care for, such as the age range or behaviors of a child, please let your Iowa KidsNet support specialist know. He or she will talk with you and make sure your information is updated in our database.

Planning a move

If you happen to be planning a move and have a placement in the home, you will need to notify Iowa KidsNet and DHS prior to the move and provide what will be your new address and phone number. If you don’t have a placement in the home, you need to notify DHS and Iowa KidsNet within seven days of the move.

Any time your foster child is not in your home

You can understand that it’s absolutely critical a child’s DHS worker knows where he or she is living at all times. This means any time your foster child cannot be in your home, you need to notify the child’s placing worker (or his or her supervisor) immediately. This could include situations like:

  • A natural disaster that has affected your home (flood, fire, tornado, etc)
  • Family travel
  • Your foster child going to a respite home

A change in the number of people living in your home

You are required to notify DHS and Iowa KidsNet within seven days of:

  • Any change in the number of people living in the home or moving out of the home. (This could include a grandparent moving in, your college student leaving or returning home for summer, a spouse leaving due to separation or divorce or any other number of situations).

Any circumstances in the home that can negatively affect the health, safety and welfare of the child

If there is a circumstance in the home that will negatively affect the health, safety or welfare of your foster child, please notify the child’s placing worker and your Iowa KidsNet support specialist immediately. See more in our crisis help section.