Information Collected when You Visit this Website
- The Internet Protocol address and domain name of your Internet service provider. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer, which can be used to direct traffic to you;
- The type of browser and operating system you used;
- The date and time you visited this website;
- The web pages or service you accessed at this website; and
- The URL or website address of the website you visited prior to coming to this website and from which any web page on this site was linked.
This information is used to improve this website's content and to help Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association understand how people are using this website. This information may be used for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and of least interest to our visitors, and to identify system performance or problem areas. This information may also be shared with other state agencies for governmental purposes, including improving state government services. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association does not sell or distribute the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.
"Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes, but is not limited to, such things as an individual's name, address and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.
Personal information is not collected through this website unless you participate in an activity that asks for information (e.g. accessing a fee-based or Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association-provided service, participating in a survey, completing a Web-based form, sending an Email, etc.).
The type of information we collect will vary with the activity or the service being sought and may include such personal information as your name, address, phone number and Email address. Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association will collect personal information from you in order to provide the requested services, but such information generally will be handled and subject to the same controls as it would be if you made an in-person visit to our office. Please note that if personal information is collected through our website or is volunteered by you, State and federal law may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it and may be subject to public examination, copying and disclosure in accordance with the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 22, if not protected by State or federal law. Please see the section below entitled "Public Examination and Copying of Information Collected through this Website" for more information about Iowa Code Chapter 22.
If you send an Email to Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, your email address and the contents of your email will be collected and stored. Email messages will be treated the same as any other written communication and may be subject to examination and copying by the public in accordance with the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 22(Public Records). Please see the section below entitled "Public Examination and Copying of Information Collected through this Website" for more information about Iowa Code Chapter 22.
Your Email address and the information contained in your Email may be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve this website, or to forward your Email to another agency for appropriate action. Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association does not collect, use or distribute your Email address for commercial marketing purposes.
Persons contacting Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association by Email or using a link provided on the Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association website should understand that the communication method used may not be secure or encrypted. There is a risk that the electronic information transmitted over unsecure or unencrypted Email or links can be monitored or unintentionally disclosed to other then that intended recipient(s). Accordingly, please do not put confidential and personal information such as social security number, date of birth, bank account and credit card information, mother's maiden name or medical information in your Email communications to Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association. You agree that Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State will not be liable should you choose to transmit confidential and personal information using Email and the confidentiality of that information is accessed by unauthorized persons or is otherwise compromised.
Public Examination, Copying, and Disclosure of Information Collected through this Website
In accordance with the laws of the State, Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association will ensure that government is open and the public has the right to access public records and information of which Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association is the custodian. Iowa Code Chapter 22 provides that the public shall have the right to examine and copy a public record and to publish or otherwise disseminate a public record or the information contained in such record. At the same time, there are certain exceptions under State and federal laws that may limit the public's right to examine and copy public records or otherwise protect certain personal information. Personal and other Information collected (or provided by you) through this website, may, if not protected by State or federal law, be subject to public examination, copying, publication, and disclosure pursuant to applicable laws, including without limitation, Iowa Code Chapter 22 and other applicable laws governing access to public records.
Questions about this Policy
The following terms govern your use of this website. The terms set forth herein apply to all materials, text, data, images, graphics, video, audio, online communications, and other information that is or becomes available on or through this website (collectively, "Information"). BY USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND ANY MODIFICATIONS WE MAY MAKE TO SUCH TERMS.
A. User's Obligation to Abide By Applicable Law
When using or accessing this website and information, you shall abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including, without limitation, those pertaining to intellectual property.
Information available on this website may include intellectual property of the Agency, the State, or third parties, which is protected under the copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws of the United States, the State of Iowa ("State"), and/or other countries ("Intellectual Property Laws"). Such Intellectual Property Laws generally prohibit the unauthorized reproduction, distribution or exhibition of all text, photographic and graphic (art and electronic) images, music, sound samplings and other protected materials.
The violation of applicable Intellectual Property Laws may give rise to civil and/or criminal penalties. Nothing contained on this website should be construed as granting any license or right to use any trademarks, service marks, logos, images, Information, or other intellectual property of Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, State, or third parties.
The use of the Great Seal of the State of Iowa is restricted by law. See Iowa Code section 718.1A.
B. Prohibition Against Malicious Programming
You shall not post, transmit or make available in any way through this website any software or other materials which contain a computer virus, Trojan horse, time bomb, worm or other malicious programming("Malicious Programming"). The State and its agencies have no obligation to detect the presence of any Malicious Programming. Any downloading of software or other materials or any use of the information on this Website is at your risk, and you are advised to take adequate precautions (including use of anti-virus software and file backup procedures) to minimize any loss to your system caused by Malicious Programming. Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State assume no responsibility and shall not be liable for any damage to your system, computer equipment, data or other property resulting from your access to or use of Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association's website or your downloading of any information from the website, or from any Malicious Programming.
C. Linked Sites and Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association provides these links and pointes solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association website and are subject to privacy, security and other policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.
- Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State does not control or guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, reliability or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
- Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and do not endorse the content or views they express or the products/services they offer.
- Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
- Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State are not responsible for transmission users receive from linked websites.
D. Use of Website and Information
The website and information are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Your use of and reliance on the website and information is at your own and sole risk. Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or adequacy of the information of this website, and expressly disclaim liability for any errors or omissions relating thereto.
E. Disclaimer of Warranties
With respect to the website and the information, Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State make no representations or warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, any implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or title, lack of negligence, and freedom from computer viruses or malicious programming.
F. Limitation of Liability
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State of Iowa will not, under any circumstances, be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages of any kind (even if Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State have been advised of the possibility of such damages arising out of or relating to: (1) Your use of or inability to use this website or the information, products or services made available on or through this website; (2) Your reliance on any information; or (3) any other matter related to this website or the information, products or services made available on or through this website. These limitations of liability shall apply regardless of any legal or equitable theory of liability, including, without limitation, theories of tort, contract, or otherwise.
G. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
H. Modification and Discontinuance
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State reserve the right to at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the website (or any portion thereof) without notice for any reason or no reason whatsoever. In addition, Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State reserve the right at any time to modify or remove any Information without notice to you. You agree that Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State shall not be liable to you or any third party for any of the foregoing actions which may be taken by Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association or the State.
K. Modifications to Term of Use
Non-discrimination and Accommodation
It is the goal of the State of Iowa to achieve and maintain a diverse workforce in state government, which include employees with differences in age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability. Iowa Code section 19B.2 provides that it is policy of this state to provide equal opportunity in employment to all persons, and to apply affirmative action measures to correct deficiencies in the state employment system, where those remedies are appropriate.
Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran's status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association affirmative action officer.
If you need accommodations because of a disability to access Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association services, contact Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association affirmative action officer.
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association and the State are committed to providing employees and the public, including persons with disabilities, with access to its websites and web-based information and services. In designing the website, Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association endeavors to make every reasonable effort to comply with the web accessibility standards and guidelines established pursuant to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and promulgated by the U.S. Access Board. This website has been designed to reach the widest audience possible. If you have difficulty viewing this website or accessing any information presented on this website, please contact Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association.