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Brother and Sister Act on Iowa's Child

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BUFFALO (KWWL) -- D'yanta is a dynamic, on-the-go six-year old, while his soft-spoken big sister, seven-year old C'yana, watches out for him.

Their foster Mother, Becca Meier, says these two children will be a perfect addition to a someone's family.

"They need a family who can love them. They are loving children. They are both loving children. they are so anxious to get a new Mommy and daddy. They have been waiting and waiting for quite a while," Meier said.

D'yanta loves a variety of activities, and of course, loves her brother. 

"I like to swim. I like to camp. I like to ride my bike," C'yana said. "What I really like to do is I like to play with Bratz and Barbies."

"They're not problem children. They have no special needs. They're both very smart; very intelligent," Meier said.

To learn about any of Iowa's ‘Waiting Children,' call the IowaKidsNet toll free phone number, 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 in helping kids find safe environments in which to live. This is a unique partnership of several non-profit Iowa agencies, headed by Four Oaks, to help Iowa children and families.

On average, the Iowa foster care system serves more than 11,000 children  every year. 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.

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, The Avalon Center, 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.

The Iowa Department of Human Services has embarked on a new initiative regarding foster care and adoptions. D-H-S recently awarded a contract to a new statewide collaboration of non-profit agencies dedicated to the safety and permanency of children and families; it's called Iowa KidsNet. This 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 is replacing Kidsake, and will build on the successful efforts of Kidsake under this new recruitment and retention effort.     

Anne Gruenewald is Chief Executive Officer of Iowa KidsNet. Contact Anne 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

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