Child Services

Child Abuse - To report call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178.  To find out more about child abuse under Iowa Laws, please visit the Child Abuse page for more information.

Child Welfare - Child welfare is the state's system of investigating and preventing abuse. Please visit the Child Welfare page for more information.  

Child Welfare Emergency Services - are an array of short term and temporary interventions provided to the service’s target population by the child welfare system that focus on children’s safety, permanence, and well-being. Please visit the Child Welfare Emergency Services page for more information. 

Foster Care and Adoption - Learn about becoming an adoptive or foster parent. Learn how to access adoption records. Please visit the Foster Care and Adoption page for more information.  

Safe Haven - Allows parents, or another person who has the parent's authorization, to leave an infant up to 14 days old at a hospital or health care facility without fear of prosecution for abandonment.  Please visit the Safe Haven page for more information. 

Youth Services - Learn about programs to help older youth in the foster system and transitioning into adulthood.  Please visit the Youth Services page for more information.