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.”

30 April 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
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 up. Now, Nikita and her husband, Matthew, are providing a shoulder to lean on for Iowa children and teens in foster care. “I think we...

30 April 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
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 as a way to be able to help others as a family,” Martha says. “They brought it up to us in 2016 and at the...

Foster families can make a difference."

30 April 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
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 a family Thanksgiving in 1981. She was telling me about a sibling group of three, kids who were in a shelter because they couldn’t find...

30 April 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
Giving Back to Their Community

Amber and Donald had always felt called to provide foster care. But any time they would consider taking the leap and starting the process, the thought of “what if?” would leave them feeling stuck. “We had five biological children. What if foster parenting took time away from our older kids? We had all these questions,...

You will find the perfect family that will give you all their love and care for you, no matter what."

30 April 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
“There is Hope”

As a young child growing up in multiple foster homes, Abby dreamed of a forever family – parents and siblings who would provide her with unwavering support and cheer her on as she built the life she wanted to live. At the same time, Joe and Dee were saying goodbye to their two biological children...

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...

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