Back to School Rally

The 2023 Back to School Rally will be held in-person on Saturday August 12th from 12-3pm at Hawkeye Downs Expo Hall. This event is for children who are in foster care, relative placement, kinship, other approved placement or adopted from foster care. Registration is REQUIRED.

  • Registration for Cedar Rapids, IA area in-person event can be found here:

Families Helping Families will also provide pre-stuffed backpacks to qualifying youth in the Waterloo, IA and Ankeny, IA areas. We have partnered with Four Oaks to help distribute these backpacks. Details for distribution will be provided at a later date.

  • Waterloo, IA registration can be found here:
  • Ankeny, IA registration can be found here:

Registration will close on Friday August 4th at 3pm.