The Ottumwa Courier

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December 26, 2013

Foster care, adoption information session Jan. 9

OTTUMWA — Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa’s foster and adoptive families, will hold an information session in Ottumwa on Jan. 9, 2014, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Foster care is the temporary placement of children with families outside of their own home due to abuse, neglect or other family crisis situations. The goal is for loving families to provide children with a safe, stable and nurturing environment. There is no typical foster family — foster families can be single, married, homeowners or renters and can come from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

This information session gives attendees a basic overview of the process involved in foster care and adoption and an understanding of the characteristics of children in the child welfare system. There is no obligation to continue in the process by attending.

There is a large need for more families to foster teens, children with special needs or behaviors and sibling groups. Iowa also has a need for more African-American, Latino and Native American foster and adoptive parents.

To inquire online and see future session dates, visit www.iowakidsnet.com. Registrants will receive an information packet to fill out before attending the session.

Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies that utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents. Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Children’s Square USA, Family Resources, LSI, Quakerdale and affiliate Youth and Shelter Services.

For more information, call 800-243-0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iowakidsnet, Twitter at @iowakidsnet or visit www.potentialforgreatness.blogspot.com.

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