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Iowa KidsNet to hold information sessions on foster care and adoption in Des Moines

Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa’s foster and adoptive families, will hold an information session in Des Moines on Aug. 20 for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

The session will run from 12 to 2 p.m. at Lutheran Services in Iowa, 3116 University Ave. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

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.

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