Additional Resources for Foster Parents

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

Foster Parent Handbook, DHS Forms, etc.

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. IFAPA has created links to a variety of DHS publications and forms for Iowa's foster parents.

DHS Check Payment Codes

DHS Foster Parent Handbook

Family Case Plan (470-3453)

Foster Child Medication History Form

Foster Care Respite Information Sheet

Foster Family Placement Contract (470-0716)

Foster Parent Evaluation & Training Plan (470-3341)

Foster Parent Training Application (470-2541)

Foster Parent Training Application (470-2541) - WORD DOC (can complete electronically)

Foster Parent Training History (470-2080)

Foster Parent Training Report (470-2540)
 - PDF

Foster Parent Training Report (470-2540)
 - WORD DOC (can complete electronically)

Guide for Mandatory Reporters

Info Regarding Foster Children Driving

Iowa's Blue Print for Permanency

Iowa Map of DHS Service Area Breakdown

Medicaid Reimbursement for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (TMS)

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Transition Update (March 4, 2016)

Medication Management Booklet

Physical Record Form(470-0580)

Report of Suspected Child Abuse Form(470-0665)

Resource Family Tip Sheet on Workers and Their Roles

Vehicle & Home Insurance & Liability


DHS Foster Family Maintenance Rates

The following chart is a payment schedule of possible monthly payments including basic maintenance and difficulty-of-care Levels 1, 2 & 3. A basic maintenance payment is the daily reimbursement paid to foster parents for providing basic family foster care. The basic rate is intended to reimburse the foster family for food, clothing, shelter, school expenses, grooming, ordinary transportation, recreation, and transportation appropriate for the child's age.

Effective July 1, 2013:
Age of Child Basic
Daily Rate
Basic +
Level 1 ($4.81)
Basic +
Level 2 ($9.62)
Basic +
Level 3 ($14.44)
0-5 years $16.78 $21.59 $26.40 $31.22
6-11 years $17.45 $22.26 $27.07 $31.89
12-15 years $19.10 $23.91 $28.72 $33.54
16-20 years $19.35 $24.16 $28.97 $33.79

DHS Foster Care Maintenance & Adoption Subsidy Payment Schedule
(April 2016 - July 2017 payment schedule)


Clothing Closets that Serve Foster Families

Families Helping Families—Cedar Rapids
3516 Center Point Rd NE Cedar Rapids
Contact person: Molly Gansen
Clothing closet hours:  Wed 10-12pm, Fri 10-12pm, Sunday 1-3pm
Items available: clothing (preemie to adult), blankets, diapers, baby equipment, toys, new socks and underwear, prom dresses, back packs and shoes.

The Closet (Children's Square) - Council Bluffs
Lemen Visitor Center - 500 N. 7th Street (located in the basement)
Hours: The Closet is staffed by volunteers on Wednesdays and other times by appointment.
Contact Person: Joette Shaw
Items available: clothing (infant to adult), toys, books, videos, suitcases and miscellaneous other items.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church—Des Moines
4300 Beaver Ave, Des Moines
515-270-8142 - Clothing closet is staffed 10am to Noon (Monday-Friday)
Items available: clothing (infatn through adult), maternity, shoes, coats, books, toys, baby items and some misc. household items.

Al Yad, Inc. (Assisting Life to Youth with Adverse Demands)—Mason City
22 North Georgia, Mason City
641-201-0180 - Call to make an appointment
Contact Person: Corinne Sills
Items available: clothing (infant to teen), shoes, coats, diapers, pull-ups, bottles and more. A library is available for foster parents to borrow larger furniture items for children of all ages such as cribs, twin beds, car seats, toddler beds, swings, bassinets, highchairs, strollers and more. Toys, music instruments and items for youth aging out of foster care are also available.

For Kids’ Sake—West Des Moines
Ashworth Road Baptist Church, 5300 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
515-657-7771 - Families can call and set up a meeting time at the closet.
Items available: clothing, diapers, sports equipment, prom dresses, bottles, car seats, baby equipment, toys, etc.


Accepting a Foster Placement  

Pre-Placement Questionnaire for Foster Parents


Transitioning a Child into Your Home

Foster Care Youth Rights & Responsibilities
Top 10 Things Foster Parents Can Do to Help Transition a Foster Child into Your Home
Checklist of Things to Discuss When a Foster Child Enters 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)


Court Hearings

Foster Parents and the Courts booklet
Going to Court - A Guide for Iowa's Young Children
Iowa Handbook on Juvenile Courts for Parents
Participating in Juvenile Court Hearings - Iowa Foster Parent Handbook
What Do Judges Want? article - by Judge Constance Cohen, 5th District
CIP Child Court Report Form
CIP Foster Parent Court Report Form
Iowa Children's Justice - Newsletters



Foster Home Insurance Fund


Support for Foster Parents

IFAPA Peer Liaisons
IFAPA Resource Information Specialists
Foster & Adoptive Therapists
Support Groups
F.A.I.R. - Foster Allegation Information Resource
Iowa KidsNet Workers


Support for Foster Youth

Friends of Children in Foster Care
Families Helping Families of Iowa - Spread Your Wings Program


Children's Books

Foster Care & Adoption-Friendly Children's Books


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


Publications for Foster Parents

Foster Parents and the Courts - A Guide for Foster Parents on Being an Effective Advocate in Court for Children in Foster Care
Confidetiality: A Guide for Foster Parents
Resource Parents Partnering with Birth Parent to Benefit Children
Raising Relative's Children
Completing the Circle - Uncovering, Discovering & Creating Connections for Your Foster and Adoptive Children

Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption
The Child Abuse Assessment
IFAPA Lifebook Pages
IFAPA Newsletters
View other IFAPA Publications



Education of Foster Children in Iowa
Educators Making a Difference for Students - Adoption, Foster Care and Kinship Care in the School Setting


Transitioning Youth to Adulthood

For a list of resources to assist youth aging out of the foster care system, check out our webpage Transitioning Youth to Adulthood.


National Foster Care Links

National Foster Parent Association -
Child Welfare Information Gateway -
Casey Family Programs -
Kids Are Waiting: Fix Foster Care Now -
National Foster Care Month (May) -
Annie E. Casey Foundation -
Child Welfare League of America -
National CASA Association -

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