FORT DODGE (KWWL) -- Simply put, Elijah is just a very friendly youngster. You can often hear him say, "Hi everybody. My name is Elijah and I'm 11-years old."
Elijah very much wants to fit into a new family. He loves a lot of activities, and would very much like to have both parents-a Mom and a Dad- in his new life.
Elijah adds, "I really would like a family to love me, because I really like hugs. And I need someone to care for me and love me."
Of Elijah, Adoption Specialist, Tim Heller, says, "Elijah is just a pleasant kid to have around. He's very easy to get along with. He's got a great smile. He loves to play with others. He loves playing with toys.
He's just a fun kid to be around. He loves hugs and being read to. A family is just really going to love having Elijah around, and Elijah will really return that love.
But, he also likes going outside. He likes playing basketball. He likes video games—of course, what kid doesn't?"
"11-years old. Going to school. He really needs a family though. That's the thing that will complete Elijah, is if he has a loving family to take care of him, because he has so much to give to a family."
"I really hope I have a Mom and a Dad and brothers and sisters."
"He just needs a family; that's the biggest thing with Elijah," says Tim.
For information on adopting 11-year old Elijah, 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.
Elijah 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 Elijah 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 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.
A few short years ago, the Iowa Department of Human Services embarked on a new initiative regarding foster care and adoptions. D-H-S has already 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.
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