Four Oaks and Lutheran Services in Iowa now manage respective areas for foster and adoptive families.

In order to serve foster and adoptive families closer to where they live, Iowa’s Foster Care and Adoption Services will now be divided between Four Oaks and Lutheran Services of Iowa. Four Oaks will be serving areas 2-5. LSI will be serving area 1.

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Iowa's Awesome Families: News & Updates

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 1:46pm

More than 400,000 children in the U.S. are part of the national foster care system and more than 23,000 of those individuals age out of the system each year. The foster care transition toolkit was created by the U.S. Department of Education to provide youth in foster care with the resources and...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 3:19pm

September 30, 2015

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) has released its prelimiary fiscal year 2014 data.

Numbers at a Glance, as of September 30, 2014:

  • 415,129 children in foster care
     
  • 264,746 children entered...

Events

  • Cedar Rapids: CPR/First Aid*

    Cedar Rapids: CPR/First Aid*

    This class is certified through the American Heart Association and requires a fee of $40 per participant due at the beginning of class. Payment may be made by exact cash or checks made out to Four Oaks. This training meets the requirements for licensure. 

    Trainer(s): Kara Magnison & Emily Steeples

    *Note:  This course is over a 2 week period and both sessions must be attended to complete certification.

                                                    Cost for this course is $40 per participant.

    To sign up for trainings, please send an email with your name and phone number to: familyconnections-crsa@fouroaks.org

    Date: 
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks, 2100 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids Iowa (Community Room)
    Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Oct 04 2017.
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Four Oaks, 2100 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids Iowa (Community Room)
  • Common Sense Parenting

    Common Sense Parenting

    This is a six-week course for parents and foster parents wanting to build on their existing skills or learn new ways of dealing with their child’s behaviors. This is approved for two hours of training credit each night, and it is recommended you attend all sessions. A free meal is provided at 5:30 p.m., with class from 6 – 8 p.m. Register today by calling 712.302.7999.

     

    Facilitators: Boys Town USA

    Date: 
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Location: 
    First Congregational Church, 611 1st Ave., Council Bluffs, IA
    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 02 2017.
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    First Congregational Church, 611 1st Ave., Council Bluffs, IA
  • Cedar Falls: Introduction to the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Support Contract

    Cedar Falls: Introduction to the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Support Contract

    Join us to learn more about the changes in Foster Care and Adoption in your area. This training will meet requirements for 2 hours of relicensing training.

    To Register: FAMILYCONNECTIONS-NSA@FOUROAKS.ORG

    Date: 
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Nazareht Church (Room 158), 7401 University Ave, Cedar Falls
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Nazareht Church (Room 158), 7401 University Ave, Cedar Falls
  • CPR and First Aid Training

    CPR and First Aid Training

    This is a CPR and First Aid certification course. Upon completion, you will receive a card and be certified for two years. A maximum of eight participants can be in this class. This class costs $30 for individuals or $50 for a couple sharing a book. Please RSVP to Joslynn Clark at Joslynn.Clark@LSIowa.org.

     

    Facilitator: Kate Jarred

    Date: 
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
    Location: 
    Burgess Health Center, 1600 Diamond St., Onawa, IA 51040
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
    Burgess Health Center, 1600 Diamond St., Onawa, IA 51040
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Youth Mental Health First Aid

    This training teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges among adolescents. Please RSVP to bhoman.ymhfa@gmail.com or 712.303.8301.

     

    Facilitator: Brittany Homan

    Date: 
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
    Location: 
    New Market, Iowa
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
    New Market, Iowa