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“We realized that there was a need, like I say, in our own backyard,” Siouxland family reflects on their foster journey

Chet and Cassie Mogler of Larchwood, Iowa first thought about fostering five years ago. This...
Chet and Cassie Mogler of Larchwood, Iowa first thought about fostering five years ago. This year, the family has two new members they're thankful for this Thanksgiving.(KTIV)
Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 11:41 AM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - November is considered National Adoption Month. There are currently 780 Iowa children waiting for adoption according to Lutheran Services in Iowa.

In 2020, over 1,000 children were adopted from the foster care system in the state of Iowa. As of July, there are over 780 children across the state of Iowa waiting to be adopted according to LSI Leaders.

LSI says many shelters across western Iowa have closed over the course of the pandemic, and that has directly affected the number of children entering the foster care system, and children looking to be adopted.

In Siouxland, there is a need for eligible people to adopt and provide foster care. The largest group of children that need foster care or struggle to get adopted are teenagers, sibling groups, and children with special needs.

For one Siouxland family, National Adoption Month is extra special this year. Chet and Cassie Mogler of Larchwood, Iowa first thought about fostering five years ago.

This year, the family has two new members they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. The couple officially adopted two of their foster placements that have been with the family for the last three years.

“I guess for us, it is about being able to share the blessings that we have been given, and we are thankful for what we have and we are thankful that we can open our home to others that are in need of a safe home,” said Chet Mogler.

Now a family of 9, the Moglers reflect on their journey with foster care and adoption. They want to remind Siouxlanders that you don’t have to look very far to find a child in need of a safe home.

“I guess we realized that there was a need, like I say, in our own backyard. and we did not have to travel across the seas to find kids that need homes. They are all around us,” said Cassie Mogler.

“I guess we realized that there was a need, like I say, in our own backyard. and we did not have to travel across the seas to find kids that need homes. They are all around us,” says Cassie Mogler.

In order to become a foster parent you must be 21 years of age in the state of Iowa, and to start the process to become a licensed foster or adoptive parent, you need to go to LSI’s website and fill out an inquiry.

For more information on how to become a foster or adoptive parent in your state, click the links below:

Iowa:

Nebraska

South Dakota

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