15 March 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
Building a Forever Family

Foster care and adoption had always been part of Mindy and Aaron’s lives. Growing up, Mindy’s grandfather told her stories about the children who had stayed in his family home during the Great Depression, and he fondly remembered all the Christmas cards he received from those kids later in life. Meanwhile, Aaron was adopted as...

17 February 2021| Spirit of LSI
Welcome Rev. Kyle Barton!

LSI is thrilled to welcome Rev. Kyle Barton as our new Spiritual Life Leader. Pastor Kyle’s role will primarily focus on providing faith-based programming on LSI’s two residential treatment campuses, Bremwood in Waverly and Beloit in Ames. He will oversee the Spiritual Life program, which offers voluntary activities, such as music and art, for children...

17 February 2021| Foster Care and Adoption, Spirit of LSI
Hope and Healing for Levi

Becki’s life was turned upside-down in 2001, when her husband passed away. She had always dreamed of raising a family but at age 27, her hopes were devastated by the tragedy. As the years went by, she began considering foster care or adoption – providing a home for Iowa children who needed her most. She...

15 January 2021| Refugee Community Services
Helping Sama Care for Her Community

Sama has always had a love of caring for children, and she was committed to building a career as a child care provider. 

Despite all obstacles, spanning more than a decade and three different countries, Sama can now proudly say she has achieved her goal. Sama grew up in Eritrea and lived there until she...

15 January 2021| Refugee Community Services
Finding Paradise

Perseverance is a familiar quality to Mon, who after spending decades living as a refugee from an early age was finally able to place roots in Iowa and succeed in building a life for his family. Born in Bhutan in 1980, Mon and his family fled his home country amid the outbreak of civil war,...

10 December 2020| Refugee Community Services
A New Life for Scolastica

The day starts with heading to her family’s farmland. It’s warm and sunny outside, and she is surrounded by her parents, husband, and siblings as they work hard to harvest vegetables from their plot. Then, it’s home to share a traditional family dinner with her five children. It’s a normal day for Scolastica, but it’s...

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

19 November 2020| Services for Children and Youth
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 about resilience, about adapting, and about the necessity of looking for the good. The children we are honored to serve at our Bremwood and Beloit...

12 November 2020| Foster Care and Adoption
A Positive Connection Can Make a Difference

For years, Cheryl and Dave had wanted to foster or adopt. It was a big step they wanted to be prepared to make, and they were waiting for the right time. But when three family members required temporary foster care, they decided to start the process and become licensed. After the child returned home, Cheryl...

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