"I really love him a lot," says twelve year old, Devin, when asked how he feels about his little brother, Donald.
Devin and Donald are currently in Iowa's foster care system, but live in separate foster homes. They are both now legally free for adoption.
Devin is a young man full of potential. He's eager to please and is already showing leadership skills.
Nicci Rook of Hillcrest family Services says Devin is a fun and unique young man. She talks about some of the things she likes best about Devin. "His sense of humor. He loves to crack jokes. He loves to joke around and be funny. A great smile He is a very fun kid to be around."
Devin's an "A' student and wants to be adopted with his 6-year old bother, Donald. Devin says,"I want to live with my brother because he really cares and he really wants me to be his big brother. To be around. "We'd like a family that would be respectful and care for us."
"Devin really loves his brother and he likes to be that role model for him," Rook, says. "When they're together, they have a lot of fun. I think it's very important for them to continue to grow together, that way, they have some family that they can be with."
IowaKidsNet.org has photographs and details about many of Iowa's Waiting children. To learn more about adopting Devin and Donald, or any of Iowa's Waiting children, please contact IowaKidsNet on the toll free number, 1-800-243-0756.
Many Iowa families work with IowaKidsNet. Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies which utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents.
IowaKidsNet is a partnership of Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Children's Square USA, Family Resources, LSI, Quakerdale and affiliate Youth and Shelter Services. For more information, call 1-800-243-0756. November is National Adoption month.
"Every child deserves to have a permanent connection to a caring and supportive adult," says Kelli Malone, Iowa KidsNet project director.
Malone says, "Each year about 26,000 youth turn 18 and age out of foster care without having permanent family connections. This November we urge more Iowans to consider becoming foster or adoptive parents, especially for older youth, or find ways to raise awareness in their own communities about the needs of Iowa children in foster care."
According to the Iowa Department of Human Services, as of August 2012, there were about 765 children in Iowa who were legally eligible for adoption, meaning parental rights had been terminated.
Many of these children already have an adoptive home identified with a relative or a foster family, while others are still waiting for an adoptive home.
On March 31, 2012, there were approximately 6,100 Iowa children in foster care, which includes placements in non-relative foster homes, relative foster care, group homes, institutional care, supervised independent living or on trial home visits.
More foster and adoptive parents who can care for teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs are urgently needed, said Malone. There is also a large need for more African American and Latino foster and adoptive families.
In all Iowa counties, including Black Hawk County, Iowa KidsNet offers free post-adoption support services for families who have adopted a child through the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Of the 104,000 children in the U.S. waiting to be adopted from foster care, some will wait five years or more to be adopted, a lifetime to a child.
To learn more about foster care, Iowa's 'Waiting Children' and adoption, contact IowaKidsNet at 1-800-243-0756, or online at: www.iowakidsnet.com.
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