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FAM

A ministry of Soteria to make more and better disciples by supporting and encouraging foster and adoptive families.

Foster Care

Foster care is an opportunity to take care of children who have been removed from their parents by DHS because of neglect or abuse. The goal of foster care is reunification first. If reunification fails, the case then goes to adoption.

In Central Iowa, the licensing agency to become a foster parent is Four Oaks. It usually takes about six to nine months to complete the licensing process.

Adoption

International adoption or somewhere closer to home? How will I afford it? What is a home study? Adoption comes with many questions, and we are here to help. Get started by finding an agency.

Become a Host Family Through the Church

Together for Good is an organization that works with churches to find families that are willing to host children. Families will take children in for a short time to help their parents get back on their feet. The goal is to help maintain the family unit through a community of support to prevent children from going into foster care.

Live out your Faith

No matter how you decide to care for children, it is important to understand that this process involves a good amount of paperwork, home studies, and time. Find like-minded people who are going through or have gone through this process. By doing this, you can encourage each other as well as learn from each other. Be patient, stick with it, and you will get there. We are also here to help in any way we can.

Get the Help You Need

FAMilies, thank you for all you do in caring for vulnerable children. We want to support and encourage you as you walk this journey of obedience in faith. Please use these resources as you need them. 

Breakfast With the FAM

Once a quarter we get together for food and fellowship. Contact us at 515.285.1829 to learn about our upcoming meetups.

Volunteer Army

Reach out to this group of individuals who have graciously signed up to help with needs as they arise. Give them the opportunity to bless you by asking for assistance. Simply call 515.285.1829.

FAM Closet

This is a closet filled with essential items that are available for any family that is currently fostering or has adopted. To visit the closet, fill out the form at the link below.

Support Foster & Adoptive Families

Join the Volunteer Army

Interested in becoming a part of the Volunteer Army? Sign up to be notified as needs arise in our community.

Sign Up

Donate to the FAM Closet

Would you like to donate to the FAM Closet? View the list of items we can or cannot accept below and drop them off outside the closet.

GENERAL CLOSET NEEDS
Current accepted closet items:

  • New shoes
  • New socks
  • New underwear/new sports bras
  • New pillows
  • Toiletries (new only)
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Tampons/maxi pads
  • Hairbrushes/combs
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Hair ties
  • New burp cloths
  • New baby bibs
  • New baby bottles 4 or 8 oz
  • New pacifiers (all sizes)
  • New sippy cups
  • New stuffed animals (limited space)
  • New baby board books (limited space)
  • New baby toys (limited space)
  • Diapers (all sizes newborn to size 6 in complete packages)
  • Pull-Ups in complete packages
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper rash cream (new in package)
  • New or very gently used clothing—newborn to young adult
  • New or gently used winter coats and gear
  • New or gently used blankets/sheets (twin size only)
  • New or gently used infant carrier with at least 18 months left before expiration
  • New or gently used car seats with at least 2 years before expiration
  • New or gently used Pack and Plays (no older than 10 years)
  • New or gently used high chair
  • New or gently used baby blankets
  • New or gently used strollers (single or double)
  • New or gently used diaper bags
  • New or gently used cribs/mattresses
  • New or gently used backpacks or duffle bags
  • Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Fareway, Hy-Vee) in $25, $50, or larger amounts
Items we cannot take:

  • Used shoes
  • Used socks
  • Used underwear/bras
  • Used winter boots
  • Used pillows
  • Partially used toiletry items
  • Used toys, books or stuffed animals
  • Used burp cloths
  • Used bibs
  • Used baby bottles or sippy cups
  • For all gently used items, please nothing that is ripped, worn, stained, or cracked

Current Closet Needs

  • Fall/winter clothing up to 10/12 boys and girls
  • Winter coats new or very gently used—all sizes
  • New or gently used diaper bags
  • New or gently used backpacks or duffel bags
  • Spill-proof sippy cups (new only)
  • Pacifiers (new only)
  • Diapers 1-6
  • Baby wipes
  • Full-harness forward-facing car seat or high-back booster with full harness (car seats should be new or gently used having at least 2 years remaining before expiration)
  • Infant carrier (new or very gently used)
  • New or gently used double stroller
  • New or gently used single stroller
  • Pack and Play (3)
  • High chair (new or gently used)
  • Tennis shoes—all sizes boys and girls (new only)
  • Teen/Men’s size socks
  • Teen/Women’s size socks
  • Little girl socks 2T/3T, 4T/5T and youth sizes
  • Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Fareway, Hy-Vee) in $25, $50, or larger amounts
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