Fostering Strength Luncheon

The annual Fostering Strength luncheon brings together hundreds of Cedar Rapids-area community partners, foster care and adoption professionals, JLCR donors and more for an afternoon of impactful stories of hope and perseverance through difficult times. We feature a nationally known speaker each year, often with their own foster care or adoption story.

The last event was held in spring 2019; the 2020 and 2021 events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to bringing Fostering Strength back in some capacity as it becomes possible in the future.

Despite the necessity to cancel the event, young people in our communities will continue to have significant needs during this challenging time.  We depend on fundraising events to provide services for foster youth and those aging out of the foster care system. While some services we provide are currently on hold, Junior League of Cedar Rapids will continue to support our community in important ways through our Bridging the G.A.P. project.

Please consider making a donation by visiting our donation page.


Previous Fostering Strength guest speakers:

2019: Steve Pemberton, author of A Chance in the World

2018: Charell Star, Foster Care Alum, Journalist and Media Personality

2017: Gigi Edwards Bryant, Texas Foster Care Alum and Speaker

2016: Travis Lloyd, author of Overcoming Emotional Trauma

2015: Dr. Jennifer Arnold from TLC’s docu-drama The Little Couple