Your support team
You don’t have to do this alone!
Children in the foster care system have lots of people on their team—social workers, therapists, in-home workers and others. Your Iowa KidsNet support specialist is on your team, here to support you as a foster parent.
Once you finish your training classes, you’ll be assigned a support specialist who will help support you and your family so you can be successful.
This person can visit you at home, help with behaviors, respond to crisis calls, offer guidance in working with birth families (if approved by DHS), be an advocate for your child’s school or treatment needs, help you find respite and more.
Support is flexible and will look different for each family. You can contact your support specialist anytime, even if you just need a listening ear.
Ask for a mentor
Our mentor program can match you with a seasoned foster family who can answer questions, give advice and support you as you move through the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
For those who adopt from foster care, we also offer post-adoption support services.