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Challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth

Ames, Iowa—Iowa KidsNet will join Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, & Other Transgressions, for a panel discussion on the challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care. The discussion will be part of an event held Monday, Nov. 9 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Memorial Union in the Great Hall.

Berg will discuss his book and the challenges facing homeless LGBTQ youth, including aging out of the foster care system.

November is National Adoption Month

October 14, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa—Iowa KidsNet is proud to join child welfare advocates and families across the country in celebrating November’s National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted from foster care and to recognize the people who make a difference in their lives.

IFAPA's Spring Conference

Register by Tuesday, Feb. 17 to attend IFAPA's Spring Conference, held in Altoona on March 6 and 7. 

IFAPA will have 22 trainers representing five states and 33 unique courses that will cover a variety of topics important to foster and adoptive parents and social workers. 

Head over to IFAPA's website to register online for this special weekend of learning and networking! (For registration by mail, click here.)

A Home for the Holidays

Don't miss the 16th annual “A Home for the Holidays," a powerful CBS special sharing uplifting and inspiring stories of foster care adoption! Featured families from across the country will share their unique and heartwarming stories. This television event also features performances from some of America's most popular musical artists, including Jennifer Hudson and Train.

Tune in to your local CBS station on Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m. (central time) for this special holiday event!

 

State of Iowa Proclamation

National Adoption Month proclamation

Des Moines, Iowa—Governor Branstad signed a National Adoption Month proclamation on Nov. 6 for the State of Iowa, recognizing the importance of giving children permanent, safe and loving families through adoption.

Nationally, there are more than 101,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care. According to the Iowa Department of Human Services, there were more than 850 adoptions finalized in Iowa in State Fiscal Year 2014. 

Presidential Proclamation

The White House has issued a Presidential Proclamation for National Adoption Month, 2014:

"Every year, adoptive parents welcome tens of thousands of children and teenagers into supportive and loving families. These mothers and fathers provide their sons and daughters with the security and stability of a safe environment and the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential.  During National Adoption Month, we honor those who have opened their hearts and their homes, and we recommit to supporting all children still in need of a place to call their own."

November is National Adoption Month

Des Moines, Iowa—Iowa KidsNet is proud to join child welfare advocates and families across the country in celebrating November’s National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness for the more than 101,000 children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted from foster care and to recognize the people who make a difference in their lives.

Congratulations, Susan and Karen!

Two Iowa KidsNet staff members recently received recognition for their outstanding work and dedication to the foster care and adoption field in Iowa.
 

Why you don't have to be perfect

First launched in 2004, this public service advertisement (PSA) campaign from AdoptUSKids has helped raise awareness about adoption from foster care and the number of older youth waiting to be adopted.

Through fun humor, the PSAs show teens in foster care don't need perfection; they need the stability, commitment and love of a permanent connection to a caring adult.

There are more than 31,000 youth between the ages of 11 and 17 in foster care who are available for adoption.

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