MASON CITY- An information session for prospective foster and adoptive families will be held this week in Mason City. Iowa KidsNet, a statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa’s foster and adoptive families will hold the session January 2nd.
The information session will give attendees a basic overview of the process involved in foster care and adoption as well as an understanding of the characteristics of children in the child welfare system. There is no obligation to continue in the process by attending the Iowa KidsNet information Session. To inquire online and see future session dates, visit www.iowakidsnet.com.
Carol Behrer with the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa says the number of foster youth in Iowa has been declining for the past several years; however, there is still much work to do, especially when it comes to older children.
In Iowa, there are around 6,000 children in foster care at any given time, with about a fourth of them ages 16 and 17.