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How can we help?

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At Four Oaks, we offer a variety of services to help children and families be successful. The TotalChild® approach—where we serve children and families in an all-encompassing way—permeates everything we do.

Family Services

Four Oaks’ family services wrap around families— involving practical information about child developmental milestones and parenting techniques to financial literacy, housing, and support in navigating the child’s mental health and welfare systems.

Behavioral Health

Four Oaks provides behavioral health therapy and skill-building programs at its locations, in local schools, and in families’ homes. Skill-building programs address anger management, peer/family relationships, communication, problem-solving, social skills, and conflict resolution (and more). Additionally, nearly a dozen residential programs help children learn to manage their behaviors, improve self-esteem, and develop coping skills.


Educational programs play a preventative role by enriching childrens’ school and life experiences. Four Oaks works with the Jane Boyd Achievement Academy, which operates afterschool and summer programs that provide a safe, healthy atmosphere for kids to learn and grow. Four Oaks also runs alternative classrooms specializing in conduct and mental health as well as after-school and summer programs for children who need extra support.

Child Welfare and Emergency Services

Working on multiple fronts Four Oaks recruits and retains foster parents, assists foster youth aging out of placement to become independent and self-sufficient adults, supports special needs adoptions, and provides emergency and temporary shelter services and supervision to runaway, homeless, delinquent, and transitional adolescents.

Juvenile Justice

Committed to helping kids not “bounce back into the system,” these Four Oaks programs work to help youth make positive changes in their lives, by reducing the likelihood of future involvement with the Criminal Justice system. Four Oaks offers several programs that help juvenile offenders stay in the community while learning skills to be successful. Additionally family therapy and residential placements for delinquent youth who need additional supports are offered—including some programs that specialize in serving juvenile sexual offenders.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Four Oaks we believe every child can succeed. Please email us above or call 319-364-0259 to take the first step to help your family. Our services are personalized to meet each family’s unique needs. If you feel you or your child are in immediate danger, call 911.

If you feel you or your child are in immediate danger, call 911.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Iowa’s youth aged 15-19 years old. Through education, awareness and action, suicide can be prevented.

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To talk to someone immediately, call our community partners at the Foundation 2 Crisis Center at 1-800-332-4224.

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This is a difficult time for you and your child. Contact your local law enforcement and your child’s DHS or JCS worker (if applicable) for assistance in locating your child. Once you child is located safely, Four Oaks is here to help your family heal. Contact us and a member of our team will reach out to you within 24 hours or the next business day.

Several food banks throughout Iowa can be found here. To find out if your family qualifies for food assistance from the state, click here. Many local churches and community centers also offer food assistance.

The Affordable Housing Network (AHNI), a Four Oaks affiliate, offers quality and affordable housing to individuals and families. AHNI strives to develop healthy and vibrant housing communities by connecting residents with services that meet their needs. Click here to view a list of homes that are currently available

TotalChild® is an innovative long-term holistic program focused on helping children become successful adults. A Success Manager partners with a child and his or her family by helping coordinate different services throughout Four Oaks and the community and assisting the family progressing through life’s twists and turns. To find out if your child qualifies, click here to send us an email.