Foster Care and Adoption

Stories of Dreams Achieved

This year has brought many challenges as we all adjust to changes in our daily lives. But this year has also brought opportunities for innovation and creating positive change that...

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If adopting is in your heart, know that there are so many children out there with so many different needs, and you’re not going to be in it alone.”

A Heart for Adoption

Carrie has a passion for caring for kids. She has served as a special education teacher for 27 years, empowering children with significant disabilities. In 2019, a child in her...

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Making a Difference in Their Own Backyard

Cassie and Chet wanted to make a positive impact on others. In the past, the family had occasionally talked about pursuing international adoption to provide care for children in need...

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All of the sadness you experience when they leave is more than made up for by the ones who stay and the ones who go home and thrive because of your influence.”

This Family Defines Welcoming

Chris and Alan had always dreamed of starting a family, and they wanted to provide a safe home environment for children who needed it. The couple married in 2009 and...

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“God does not call the equipped — He equips the called.”

Dawn and her husband, Kris, had never talked about becoming foster parents. But one day at church ended up changing their lives. A speaker presented to their congregation about the...

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A Community Effort

Jackie wants to make a positive difference in the lives of Iowa kids. As a school counselor, she spends every day seeing how one positive relationship can make a big...

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Moving Forward Together

Over the last year, we have learned that we are stronger together. Our communities were resilient in the face of every hardship. And our human services workforce across the state...

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What an honor it is to hold the hand of a child, being an adult they can trust and lean on, knowing your kindness and grace and love in the short time you have them may change the trajectory of their lives.”

Helping Iowa Children Find Hope

Foster care is something Nikita had always been familiar with. Her dad was in foster care as a child, and she remembers how it affected him and his siblings growing...

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Fostering as a Family

Martha and Marti first became foster parents in September of 2018. They were inspired to start when their biological children became interested. “They really wanted to look into foster care...

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Foster families can make a difference."

A Message to Foster Families – from a Foster Mom

My husband, Gary, and I have been licensed foster parents since 1982. So many friendships and memories have been acquired during this time. I remember visiting with Gary’s aunt at...

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