Providing stable foster homes comes down to more families, more understanding

Iowa met the federal standards for stability in 2014 for the first time in four years when 85 percent of first-time foster children stayed in one foster home for at least four months or were reunited with family. Still, finding foster parents with the right skill sets — especially in rural areas — continues to pose trouble and foster parents worry haste to find a match sometimes leads to poor pairings.

Source: The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Human trafficking happens at home

In the first segment of a six-part series, the Iowa State Daily spoke with an Iowa victim of human trafficking who was taken from Cedar Rapids when she was 14 years old. Researchers say homeless and runaway youth are the most vulnerable to trafficking. In 2011, there were an estimated 3,800 homeless and runaway youth in Iowa.

Source: Iowa State Daily

Posted on: June 14, 2013