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12-Year Old Sasha on Iowa's Child



"Sasha is so bubbly and she is so caring," says Lutheran Services in Iowa Adoption Specialist, Sonia Stutzman.  And, Sonia says, "She's very outgoing. She loves to be around people and she loves to share things. She is very creative".

12-year old Sasha is very articulate and mature for her age, and stays very busy...

She has a variety of favorite things to do, adding, and "My favorite thing is to swim, read and have contests."

Sasha also takes school very seriously. "I love school and it's really important to me. I like to read a lot and I like to do essays and write stuff down."

From the Lutheran Services in Iowa point of view, Sonia says of Sasha, "She needs somebody who's going to be very patient, and who's really going to build on her strengths and be able to take some time with here and make sure she gets plenty of one on one time with somebody and gets that extra attention that she needs. I think is really important."  

For information on Sasha or any of Iowa's waiting children, please call Iowa KidsNet on the toll free number: 1-800-243-0756.

Sasha is just one of the many ‘Waiting Children' in Iowa. These Iowa kids are legally free for adoption through the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Human Services. To find out more about Greg and other ‘Waiting Children' call 1-800-243-0756 or contact: www.iowakidsnet.org. or www.iowakidsnet.com

Iowa KidsNet is there to help Iowa kids. Though only a little more than one year ago, the Iowa KidsNet project is already having a positive impact helping Iowa kids live in a safe environment and reach their full potential. This is a unique partnership of six-non profit Iowa agencies, headed by Four Oaks, to help Iowa children and families.

The Iowa foster care system served more than 11, 700 children in just one year. Startling statistics, which emphasize the need to make sure all Iowa kids live in a safe and loving environment.

Iowa KidsNet is headquartered at the Four Oaks complex in Cedar Rapids. Some of the other agencies include Quakerdale, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Family Resources, Children's Square USA/Child Connect and Boys and Girls Home and Family Services.

In addition, Iowa KidsNet gets support from Youth and Shelter Services, The Avalon Center, Young House Family Services, Children and Families of Iowa and American Home Finding Association.

The Iowa Department of Human Services awarded Iowa KidsNet a contract to serve as an adoption and foster care recruitment tool, and to create safe, permanent connections between children and families through foster care.

Unfortunately, Iowa currently has more children in foster care than families available to provide them a safe environment while in foster care. The need for foster and adoptive parents in Iowa remains great. In fiscal year 2006, the State of Iowa, through various agencies, served 11,748 children in the Iowa foster care system, On any given day in Iowa, some five-thousand children live in Iowa foster homes. Those are truly amazing statistics.

About three-years ago, The Iowa Department of Human Services embarked on a new initiative regarding foster care and adoptions. D-H-S recently renewed a contract to Iowa KidsNet, a statewide collaboration of non-profit agencies dedicated to the safety and permanency of children and families; The three-year old network consists of almost a dozen agencies. Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids is the lead agency in this new effort to recruit and retain resource families who are interested in foster care and adoption of Iowa children. Iowa Kids Net will also work with the long-running Iowa's Child Special Needs Adoption program on KWWL-TV. 

To learn more about Iowa KidsNet and becoming a foster or adoptive parent, you can easily contact Iowa KidsNet on its toll-free number 1-800-243-0756. If this number sounds familiar, it should. It's the same toll- free phone number which has been used by Kidsake over the past few years. Iowa KidsNet replaced Kidsake, and has been building on the successful efforts of Kidsake under the current new recruitment and retention effort. Anne Gruenewald is Chief Executive Officer of Iowa KidsNet. Contact Anne on the internet at: www.iowakidsnet.com.or: www.iowakidsnet.org.

This website will also show you many of Iowa's ‘Waiting' Children. These are children in the Iowa foster care system currently available for legal adoption,

Onlline reporter:  Ron Steele


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