Community Focus: Foster Care

Junior League of Des Moines announced its current community impact focus, foster care, at its June 2018 annual meeting.

“Throughout the past year, Junior League of Des Moines undertook a community research process to identify its next community impact focus,” said Meg Malloy, president of Junior League of Des Moines. “The process involved reviewing community assessments, conducting stakeholder conversations, and engaging its members to understand community needs and opportunities for Junior League to make an impact.”

The process resulted in selecting foster care, with a focus on teenage girls as the next community impact focus for at least the next three years. The issue was selected given the high need for foster families for children of all ages and unique challenges with placing teenage girls. There were more than 5,900 Iowa children in foster care in 2015 and Iowa is among states with the highest share of children in foster care.

“Junior League of Des Moines will volunteer with local organizations working with teenage girls in foster care and explore additional opportunities to support how its members can have an impact in this issue area,” said Malloy. “Junior League has already established a partnership with Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) to volunteer monthly with teenage girls placed in their care and we are in the process of finalizing additional partnerships.”

From 2015 – 2018, Junior League of Des Moines’ community impact focused on human trafficking, including providing financial support to Dorothy’s House, a home for survivors of sex trafficking. Junior League of Des Moines has a proud history of supporting community initiatives of all sizes throughout its 93-year history in Des Moines.