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Flo' Shay On Iowa's Child

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FORT DODGE (KWWL)

15-year old Flo'Shay is an easygoing high school teenager, whom already has a unique perspective on life, having lived in foster care for some time now. she just wants a family to accept her:

Flo' Shay says, "What I need the most is for a family just to be there for me. Just to love me and just to me, having that feeling of being accepted into a family, knowing that they care about me, no matter what my flaws are."

"She's very talkative. Very friendly. She's fun to talk to. She can hold a good conversation, says Flo' Shay's friend and worker, Sarah Nitzschke. Nitzschke adds, "She has a hard time warming up sometimes, but once she's warmed up to you, she's very friendly, very outgoing; a very talkative young lady. Very nice to be around."

Flo' Shay very much wants to be adopted and is a very likeable young lady.

She says, "What I think a family would like best about me is that I'm honest and that I'm caring, and that I like to play sports."

Sarah says, "At first, she's kind of quiet. Then, she warm up nice and is always very pleasant to ride with and punctual."

For information on adopting Flo' Shay, 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.

Flo' Shay 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 generally serves more than 11, 700 children in any given 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 the Project Manager for IowaKidsNet. 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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