Iowa post-adoption support
Below are post-adoption and guardianship support services available to families who live in Iowa. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support.
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Post-adoption/guardianship support services
In Iowa, adoptive and guardianship families have access to the following services:
- Child/youth assessment
- Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.)
- Referral to services
- Training/other development
- Case management
- Peer support for parents
- Community-based therapeutic services
- Crisis intervention
The following services may be available as part of an adoption/guardianship subsidy agreement based on the needs of the individual child:
- Educational support
- Respite care
Who is eligible for these services?
- Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system
- Families who took guardianship of a child from the state’s foster care system
Parent support groups
Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.
To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association
Abby's One True Gift Adoptions
Allison Area Foster Parents Support Group
American Home Finding Association
Avalon Center Adoption Agency
Location: Charles City
Bethany Christian Services of Northwest Iowa
Location: Orange City
Children & Families of Iowa
Location: Des Moines
Christian Home Association - Children's Square U.S.A.
Location: Council Bluffs
Des Moines/Henry/Louisa Sprt Group
Families Helping Families
Location: Cedar Rapids
Family Resources, Inc.
Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services
North Central Foster Parent Association
North Central Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Ours Through Adoption
Youth and Shelter Services, Inc.