foster care

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.

Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care

During May's National Foster Care Month, the Children's Bureau offers some great resources for professionals, youth and families.

Check out some of the tools available on their 2015 National Foster Care Month website:

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to rethink what it means to step up in our communities in one of the most challenging and rewarding ways possible: providing homes to the thousands of teens and children in Iowa’s foster care system.

“Being a foster family may be one of the toughest jobs in the world, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding way to make a difference in a child’s life. Foster parents are urgently needed to make sure every child and teen in our community has a safe, nurturing place to call home,” said Theresa Lewis, project director for Iowa KidsNet.

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!


Resources for LGBTQ youth

Iowa City, Iowa—Iowa KidsNet recently helped co-host Iowa's first statewide summit on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) youth in the state's child welfare system.

If you are parenting an LGBTQ youth, you may wish to download this list of local and national resources and publications for homeless or out-of-home youth:

LGBTQ Homeless/Out-of-Home Youth Summit Resources

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.

25 Reasons to Foster Teens

Cheering for teens at their high school sports events. Helping them fill out college financial aid forms. Eating dinner together as a family.

You might be surprised how much you have to offer to teens in foster care, just by being yourself.

There is an ongoing need for more people to become foster or adoptive parents for teenagers in foster care. Your support, guidance and care can have a lifelong impact. Here are 25 reasons why you should foster teens:

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