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Readlyn Couple Named Adoption Champions



Iowa KidsNet has selected an Eastern Iowa couple as one of its Iowa Adoption Champions for 2009. This husband and wife team hails from the nearby Bremer County community of Readlyn, and has been heavily involved in the foster care and adoption process in Iowa. Iowa KidsNet announced Janee and Mike Tiedt as Adoption Champions in the following press release.

Janeen and Mike Tiedt, foster and adoptive parents from Readlyn, have been selected by Iowa KidsNet as one of eight Adoption Champions across the state to serve a one-year appointment starting this June.

Iowa KidsNet is the statewide collaboration of agencies that recruits, trains, licenses and supports families to foster and adopt Iowa children.  As part of a larger initiative to provide enhanced support for families who have adopted children from foster care, Iowa KidsNet has announced the appointment of eight Iowa KidsNet Adoption Champions. These individuals or couples are foster and adoptive parents who were nominated by professionals in Iowa's child welfare field and are being honored for their contribution to Iowa children.

"When it comes to supporting adoptive families, no one understands their challenges better than other adoptive parents who have been in their shoes," said Kelli Malone, Iowa KidsNet project manager. "Our Adoption Champions will be a wonderful resource as we continue to build a network of support for these Iowa families."

Many children who are adopted from foster care have unique special needs, and support can help adoptive parents as they handle those challenges. Support programs can literally keep families together, but it can be a challenge to let families know the resource exists, said Malone.

The Adoption Champions will also receive an honorarium for helping host events, assisting in assessing the needs of adoptive parents and children, helping plan a local post-adoption support network and serving as spokespersons in spreading the word about available post-adoption support.

Iowa KidsNet provides free post-adoption support services to any Iowa family who has an adoption from foster care that is subsidized by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). The program, called Navigator, is a road map for supporting adoptive families.

Navigator support services can help adoptive families with managing difficult behaviors, handling crisis situations, navigating a relationship with a child's birth relatives, advocating at school or finding community resources. Support can be as complex as helping in a crisis situation or as simple as being a listening ear for a parent.

Call Iowa KidsNet at 1.800.243.0756 or visit for more information on the Navigator program.

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 six Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Children's Square USA/Child Connect, Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa and Quakerdale. For more information, call 1-800-243-0756 or visit

Online Reporter: Ron Steele





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