Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa's foster and adoptive families, will hold an orientation in Cherokee on Tuesday, December 2, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.
Foster care is the temporary placement of children with families outside of their own home due to abuse, neglect or other family crisis situations. The goal is for loving families to provide children with a safe, stable and nurturing environment. There is no typical foster family-foster families can be single, married, homeowners or renters and can come from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Orientations are informational sessions that give attendees a basic overview of the process involved in foster care and adoption and an understanding of the characteristics of children in the child welfare system. There is no obligation to continue in the process by attending an orientation.
With over 4,000 Iowa children needing a foster home on any given day, there is a large need for foster parents in and around the Buena Vista County area, and adoptive parents may also be needed. To register for an upcoming orientation session or to learn more, call Iowa KidsNet at 1.800.243.0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com.
Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of six Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Children's Square USA/Child Connect, Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa and Quakerdale.