Fostering Strength Luncheon

Join us


Thursday, May 19, 2022
Luncheon and program from 12 noon-1 p.m. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)
DoubleTree by Hilton

Featuring Janiva Magness…

Janiva Magness’ music success stands as just one facet of her miraculous, nearly unbelievable, life-story. In Weeds Like Us, readers discover the many difficult battles Magness fought before her music career blossomed. She talks about how she lost both parents to suicide as a child and was placed in a dozen foster homes. How her childhood traversed violence, bullying, incest, addiction and alcoholism, rape, clinical depression, and the death of her parents. “By the time I was a 14-year-old runaway,” Magness admits, “I felt in many ways not only a prisoner of my past, but hypnotized by it.”

About Fostering Strength

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.

This event is JLCR’s largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds support on-going programs for young people aging out of foster care in Linn and nearby counties. Learn more about our work through our Bridging the G.A.P. project.

Can’t attend? 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