Helpful Resources for Foster Parents
There are a lot of great resources available in Polk County for foster families. We want to be your one-stop location to find services that will help you during your foster care journey. If you know of a service we should have listed for foster parents, please contact us through our contact form.
Four Oaks is the licensing agent for the Department of Human Services. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, contact Four Oaks today!
Other Helpful Websites
DHS Childcare Portal: Search for DHS approved childcare providers
Families Helping Families: A nonprofit that provides a variety of services to kids in foster care.
Bring Love: A nonprofit in Winterset that has a foster care clothing closet
RetireGuide: A resource for grandparents raising their grandchildren through a kinship placement.
Event Calendars from some of our Community Partners:
DMPS Virtual Campus: Providing ALL Iowa students the opportunity to get their high school diplomas online at Virtual Campus.
Please see informational flyer HERE.
NAMI Parent Navigator Support Group: Sundays 3:30PM-5:00PM via Zoom
Please click HERE for informational flyer.
Drake Head Start has provided an informational video about their services.
Please watch this video here: drakeedu-my.sharepoint.com
Free virtual lactation support group every 1st Tuesday of each month.
Please see flyer HERE with more information!
ISU Extension and Outreach have compiled a comprehensive calendar for events by county and region that may be helpful in your service areas.
Click HERE to view the searchable calendar.
Stowe Heights youth and adult Portable Workshops:
Jewels Academy has many great programs throughout the year.
Click here to view all of their great programs.
IowaWORKS new Veterans Portal.
Find more information here.
Program Serving Families and Children:
Resource Lists below can be downloaded from this webpage:
Diaper Resource List
Home, Inc. Services Flyer
Felon Friendly Housing in Des Moines Area
Financial Assistance Opportunities
Food Pantries Servicing DMPS Families
Food Pantry Network Locations
Furniture and Bed Resources
Reduced Rental Agencies and Apartments
Shelters in Des Moines Area
List of IDPH Licensed substance abuse agencies
List of domestic violence trainings for perpetrators
Resource Hubs/Lists from Community Agencies
For those families, care givers, and case managers who need assistance with Spanish language services, please utilize and share the Iowa Spanish Helpline.
This line is to help the Spanish-speaking community in the state of Iowa with the goal of providing information, resources and support for the Iowa Latino communities statewide.
Afterschool groups from the Young Women’s Resource Center.