The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services is committed to supporting families so youth who enter foster care can return home safely as soon as possible.  Regardless of the transition plan, youth aged 14 and older are provided a variety of developmentally appropriate supports and services to help them prepare for adulthood. When a youth is not able to return to family or an alternative permanent family, the department engages the youth and family to plan for the transition to adulthood and ensure the youth has the skills needed to be successful.  Below you will find a brief description of the available resources and links to related sites for youth who are approaching age 18 and planning to exit the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Iowa Foster Child and Youth Bill of Rights, Comm. 437


The rent subsidy program will end June 30, 2024. Please contact an aftercare representative at Iowa Aftercare with questions about housing supports for foster care alumni.