Additional Resources for Adoption

Courses for Adoptive Parents

IFAPA offers a wide variety of free parenting courses which are available to any adoptive parent (international adoption, private adoption, adoption from foster care). View IFAPA's Current Courses


Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

DHS is responsible for approving families to become foster and adoptive families. They are also responsible for the selection of approved families for placement of Iowa's foster and adoptive children.

Iowa Department of Human Services - Foster Parent Handbook
Iowa Map of DHS Service Area Breakdown
DHS Check Payment Codes
Medicaid Reimbursement for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (TMS)
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Transition Update (March 4, 2016)
DHS Foster Care Maintenance & Adoption Subsidy Payment Schedule
(July 2015 - July 2016 payment schedule)



Online Resources for Parents
Navigating Iowa's Adoption Subsidy Program

Educators Making a Difference for Students - Adoption, Foster Care and Kinship Care in the School Setting
Raising Relative's Children
Completing the Circle - Uncovering, Discovering & Creating Connections for Your Foster and Adoptive Children
Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption
IFAPA Lifebook Pages
IFAPA Newsletters
IFAPA Welcome Pages
View other IFAPA Publications


Support for Adoptive Parents

IFAPA Peer Liaisons
IFAPA Resource Information Specialist
Foster & Adoptive Therapists
Support Groups
Adoption Respite
Iowa KidsNet Support Workers & Post-Adoption Support Staff


Adoption Tax Credit

Adoption Tax Credit - IRS
Save the Adoption Tax Credit


Transitioning a Child into Your Home

Creating a Welcome Book
Questions Kids Want Answers for When Entering Foster Care
Resource Family Profile Form (Family Introduction Form)
All About Me Form (Foster Child Introduction Form)
Celebrate Me Form (All About the Foster Child)


Adoption Books

Foster Care & Adoption-Friendly Children's Books


Transitioning Youth to Adulthood

For a list of resources to assist youth transitioning to adulthood, check out our webpage Transitioning Youth to Adulthood.


Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers

Important Phone Numbers for Foster Families Form
Local Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers
Iowa Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers
National Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers


National Adoption Links

AdoptUsKids -
National Adoption Day -
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption -
The Adoption-Friendly Workplace Program -
Child Welfare Information Gateway -
Child Welfare League of America -
North American Council on Adoptable Children -
National Council for Adoption -
Adoption Policy Resource Center -




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