AN IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS FROM IFAPA
Dear Foster and Adoptive Families,
Iowa relies on dedicated and passionate Resource Families (foster and adoptive families) to meet the unique needs of children in foster care and their families. To better support you in that important role, DHS is combining the current work of the Recruitment & Retention of Resource Families Contract (i.e. Iowa KidsNet) and Training & Support of Foster Parents (i.e. IFAPA) into one service. This new service delivery model is called Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support (RRTS). RRTS begins July 1, 2017.
After July 1, foster and adoptive families will continue to receive training and support as you do today. DHS has awarded RRTS to Four Oaks and Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) and is in the process of finalizing contracts for this service. LSI will serve about the Western third of the state and Four Oaks will serve the remainder of the state.
Four Oaks and LSI know you have many questions. We will be working closely together to communicate the specific RRTS enhancements and answer your questions. When more details become available, we will communicate to you what we know, so please watch your email for future updates. In the meantime, we thank you for the great work you do everyday caring for Iowa’s children and their families!