A state ombudsman’s report into the death of Natalie Finn – who died of starvation while in the state’s foster care system – outlined a series of reforms and policy changes needed to help lower the risk of abuse or death in Iowa’s foster care system. What – if anything – has changed to better protect kids? How has COVID-19 impacted both the monitoring and care of kids in the system?
Panelists include: Janee Harvey, Division Administrator of Adult, Children & Family Services, Iowa Department of Human Services; Kai McGee, Foster Care Advocate, Four Oaks- Cedar Rapids Region President; Dawn Luetje, Service Director for Foster Care & Adoption, Lutheran Services of Iowa. Moderator: Alison Gowans, The Gazette.
This session was part of the 2020 Iowa Ideas Conference presented by ITC and held Oct. 15-16, 2020. This session originally occurred at 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2020. The two-day conference hosted by The Gazette brings together policy makers, experts and community members passionate about the state's future. For more, visit www.iowaideas.com.