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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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 1:09pm
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Events

  • Ankeny: Mini-TIPPS MAPP

    Ankeny: Mini-TIPPS MAPP

    Designed for families who were licensed prior to the implementation of Trauma Informed PS-MAPP, Mini TIPS-MAPP will provide some of the foundational trauma information included in TIPS-MAPP and give families an opportunity to reflect on their experience as resource parents thus far. Families will learn about children’s learned patterns of response when they have experienced trauma and the way their development is impacted by these experiences. Implications for discipline will be discussed through case examples and group discussion. A discussion on discipline and the impact of trauma on teaching healthy behaviors will be included as well. Participants will also learn about child traumatic stress and how this affects a child’s daily functioning, as well as the potential impact of intergenerational trauma within a family. This training is approved for 3 hours of foster parent training credit.

    Trainer: Julie Clark-Albrecht

    *To register for trainings please email or call:  Familyconnections-dmsa@fouroaks.org or 319-784-2342

    Date: 
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: 
    Four Oaks – 6864 NE 14th St. Suite 5A, Ankeny
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Four Oaks – 6864 NE 14th St. Suite 5A, Ankeny
  • Davenport: CPR/First Aid*

    Davenport: 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):  Jenna Norton

    *Note: CPR/First Aid for licensed foster parents or individuals going through the foster care licensing process only. There will not be a break for lunch; please bring your own. Cost for this course is $40 per participant.

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

    Date: 
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Location: 
    Family Resources, 2800 Eastern Ave. Bldg K, Davenport
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Family Resources, 2800 Eastern Ave. Bldg K, Davenport
  • Osage: Intro to the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Support Contract (RRTS 101)

    Osage: Intro to the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Support Contract (RRTS 101)

     

    An introduction to changes in foster care and adoption services in your area. This training is approved for 2 hours of group training.

    Trainer: Margo Young and Nick Adams

    *To register for trainings please email or call:  Familyconnections-nsa@fouroaks.org or 844-380-2484

    Date: 
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: 
    Osage Public Library, 406 Main St. Osage, IA
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Osage Public Library, 406 Main St. Osage, IA
  • Atlantic Area: Common Sense Parenting

    Atlantic Area: Common Sense Parenting

    This training addresses parenting topics each week, relating to children with special health care needs. It is provided by BoysTown and is a two-hour approved training. This training will be held on Mondays through February 26. A meal will be provided at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 712.302.7999.

     

    Facilitator: A BoysTown trained facilitator

     

    Date: 
    Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    United Church of Christ, 1607 Hazel St, Atlantic, IA 50022
    Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    United Church of Christ, 1607 Hazel St, Atlantic, IA 50022
  • Des Moines: Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

    Des Moines: Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

    Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know or care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It’s going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not – unless you stop it from happening. And the good news, it can be stopped. Stewards of Children® uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children. The framework of the training is built off the foundation of The 5 Steps to Protecting Children. This training is approved for 2 hours of foster parent training credit.

    Trainer: Karin Hooper

    *To register for trainings please email or call:  Familyconnections-dmsa@fouroaks.org or 319-784-2342

    Date: 
    Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location: 
    LSI, 3200 University Ave. Des Moines
    Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    LSI, 3200 University Ave. Des Moines