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Adoption & Foster Care

Foster Care and Adoption


LSI is proud to offer service and support to Iowa’s foster and adoptive families. We believe the compassionate people who welcome children into their homes and help them find safe, stable outcomes are Iowa’s true heroes.

LSI recruits, retains, trains, and supports foster and adoptive parents. We partner with the Iowa Department of Human Services to ensure children in foster care have safe, stable, healthy homes. Our goal is to create permanent connections between children and families through foster care, adoption, and birth parent reunification.

LSI works with parents who welcome children from foster care and who adopt children from foster care. We do not handle private adoptions. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or adopting from foster care, visit our full website at 

URGENT NEED: Iowa has an urgent need for more foster families, especially those who open their hearts and homes to teenagers, sibling groups, and children with special needs. We also strive to connect children coming into care with families who reflect their culture and language needs. Iowa is in urgent need for African American, Latino, and Native American foster parents. We also seek families who provide safe, loving homes to LGBTQ youth.

Where We Work

LSI Foster Care and Adoption serves 30 counties in Western Iowa: Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page, and Taylor.

Four Oaks serves counties in the rest of the state. Click here to learn more.    

How to Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent

Click here to learn about the process and to submit an Inquiry Form to get started.

Crisis Help for Current Families: 

Help is available 24/7 to our current foster families. Call your LSI Support Worker or your DHS Placement Worker. If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until regular business hours, call 844.574.7787.

Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect: 

If you are experiencing or witnessing an emergency, call 911. To report abuse, call the Iowa Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.362.2178.

Our Expertise

LSI has a rich legacy of providing services and support to foster and adoptive families in Iowa. LSI was born more than 150 years ago as a home for children left parent-less by the Civil War. We have offered compassionate care to children and families ever since then. Our menu of service has grown as the needs of our Iowa neighbors have changed. We are privileged to walk alongside Iowa families.

Contact Us

Please visit our central website. There you will find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions. Still need help? Email us at or call 844.574.7787.

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