Iowa's Awesome Families: News & Updates

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 assistance they need to transition to independence.

Take a look at the main tips listed in the toolkit:

Transition planning

  • Develop this plan during the...

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...

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.

Foster care is brimming with beautiful human-interest stories of courage, hope and family. Some are heartrending. Others are heartwarming. But each story speaks to the importance of supporting the most vulnerable in our community. If you would...

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.


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.

“Iowans who serve as foster or adoptive parents can make a lifelong difference for children and teens in...

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 foster care
  • 238,230 children exited foster care
  • 107,918 children are waiting to be adopted
  • 50,644 children were adopted from foster care...

Welcome to a new series on the Iowa KidsNet website where we'll feature Iowa foster and adoptive families and share some of their experiences caring for Iowa children. Thanks to all Iowa families who serve their communities in this important way!

Better than winning the lottery

Selfless support of a child’s birth family: that’s what great foster parents can often provide.

After becoming licensed to provide foster care in 2012, the Benekes knew they wanted to make...

June 1, 2015

June is National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month, a month to celebrate Americans who identify as LGBT and advocate for further acceptance and equality for LGBT people.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has some great resources regarding LGBT youth in foster care as well as families:

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: