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Christian On Iowa's Child

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"He has a lot of very good qualities. He's enjoyable to be around. He has a good sense of humor and makes people laugh." That assessment of eight year old Christian from his Child Advocate, Kelsey Covey. 

Christian is a very friendly and lovable yougetr. He says, "Hi everybody. I'm, Christian. How are you doing?" Christian is just great. He's an eight-year old boy who really wants to have his own family.

"I would like a family who loves me and wants to take care of me and adopt me." For Christian, that means his own special forever family. He expl;ains, "The reason why I want a new family is because, i want someone to adopt me for the rest of my life."

Kelsy Covey says, "Probably a family that is very patient and loving. A family with alot of consistency and structure. Also, a family that is very active. He enjoys being in the outdoors and being active in different activities. Probably a two-parent home and preferably the youngest child in the home."

Christian adds, "If a family is watching this TV show, I want you to adopt me."

For information on adopting Christian, or any of Iowa's 'Waiting' Children, contact IowaKidsNet at 1-800-243-0756, and be sure to check out the special Iowa's Child section on the homepage of kwwl-dot.com.

Christian 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. 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 several 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, 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. 

Kelli Malone is Project Manager for Iowa KidsNet.  Contact Kelli 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,

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

 

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