Iowa KidsNet presents at Cornerstone Church of Ames

Ames, Iowa—Iowa KidsNet recently had the opportunity to speak in front of the congregation at Cornerstone Church in Ames.

For years, members of the church have been dedicated to providing children with loving homes through Iowa’s foster care and adoptive family systems, and during a presentation last week, Iowa KidsNet representatives thanked the church for its support.

More than 6,000 children in Iowa do not have a forever home. But thanks to the Cornerstone community, more than 40 families in the congregation are licensed foster care providers, and more than 60 children in the church have been adopted domestically or internationally.

“If every church in Iowa had just a couple of families willing to provide foster care, it would provide an immediate safe and stable home for every kid who needs one,” said Kai McGee, recruitment manager for Iowa KidsNet. “Cornerstone Church is by far the motivator for foster families in the area, and that’s spreading throughout the state.”

A meeting was also held at the church last Sunday, which served as a way to both support the congregation’s foster and adoptive families, and provide information for families interested in making a difference for children in need.  McGee said more than a dozen new families attended the meeting with interest in the foster care and adoptive family systems.

“The Cornerstone congregation has really embraced the mission of supporting Iowa’s vulnerable children,” McGee said.

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, Children’s Square USA, Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Quakerdale and Youth and Shelter Services. For more information, call 1-800-243-0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com