Services for Children and Youth

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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Never Alone

Two years ago, Kayla knew it was time for a change in her life. She had struggled with substance use for years and over time, she had lost custody of...

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Creating Bright Futures

When Makenzey found out she was pregnant in the spring of 2020, she felt nervous and overwhelmed at the thought of being a first-time mom. She didn’t know what to...

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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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I am not going to let my past get in the way of my success."

A Letter from Monica

The celebration of the holidays and traditions we hold dear will look different for many of us this year. The past few months have been challenging. But they’ve taught us...

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Empowering Iowa Families

Five years ago, Gaylene’s life looked very different. She was overwhelmed and raising three young boys, Ethan, Cristian, and Alex. Finances were strained, so she and her partner, José, worked...

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Compassion in Crisis: LSI on the Frontlines

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside-down. But nothing will stand in the way of our mission of hope and healing. As part of our Compassion in Crisis Campaign, we’re sharing...

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Raising Healthy Families

As a child, Morgan had endured trauma no one should experience. Addiction, divorce, and difficult family relationships all surrounded Morgan in her childhood home and by the time she turned...

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A Letter About Luke

My name is Ruth, and I’m a Youth Associate at LSI’s Beloit Residential Treatment Center in Ames. Every day at Beloit, we work with kids who have often experienced extreme...

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“Our whole family leaves BHIS sessions with a positive attitude. It gives me some hope, and LSI gave us a direction and an idea of how to improve.”

Hope and Direction

When she became overwhelmed with family stress at home, Dianna didn’t know how to cope with her emotions. She began getting into fights with other kids at school and eventually...

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