COUNCIL BLUFFS — Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa's foster and adoptive families, will hold an information session in Council Bluffs Aug. 28 for people interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.
Foster care is the temporary placement of children outside of their own home because of 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.
The information session gives 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.
There is a large need for more families to foster teens, children with special needs or behaviors and sibling groups. Iowa also has a need for more African-American, Latino and Native American foster and adoptive parents.
To inquire online and see future session dates, visit iowakidsnet.com. Registrants will receive an information packet to fill out before attending the session.
Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies that uses a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents.
Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Children's Square U.S.A., Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Quakerdale and affiliate Youth and Shelter Services.
For more information, call (800) 243-0756 or visit iowakidsnet.com. KidsNet can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/iowakidsnet, on Twitter @iowakidsnet or at potentialforgreatness.blogspot.com.