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Adoption in Iowa

Iowa the land of rolling hills and cornfields. In this pastoral state any adult, married or single, may adopt. When it comes to expense for the Birth Mom, Adoptive parents may cover pregnancy-related medical costs, living expenses (room, board and transportation related to medical purposes) for up to 30 days after the birth, and counseling for up to 60 days after the birth.

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Adoption Attorneys in Iowa

10 Adoption Agencies in IA

6 AAAA Attorneys in IA

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Lori L. Klockau
    402 South Linn
    Iowa City, IA 52240
    (319) 338-7968
    (319) 354-4871
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Maxine M. Buckmeier
    600 Fourth Street, Suite 304, P.O. Box 634
    Sioux City, IA 51102
    (712) 233-3660
    (712) 233-3661
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Emilee Boyle Gehling
    600 4th Street, Suite 900
    Sioux City, IA 51101
    (712) 226-4600
    (712) 226-4603
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Kenneth P. Nelson
    3112 Brockway Road, P.O. Box 1020
    Waterloo, IA 50704
    (319) 291-6161
    (319) 291-6193
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
  • Attorney
    David A. Grooters
    103 East State Street, Suite 800
    Mason City, IA 50401
    (641) 423-4264
    (641) 423-3145
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Shayla McCormally
    4508 Fleur Drive
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515) 218-9878
    (515) 218-9879
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogac
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.

Traveling For Your Adoption in Iowa

Length of ICPC
in Iowa

1-30 days


Iowa adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Iowa

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Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.8; Admin. Code § 441-107.8(600)
    A preplacement investigation shall answer the following:
    • Whether the home of the petitioner is suitable for the placement of a child
    • How the petitioner’s emotional maturity, finances, health, relationships, and any other relevant factor may affect his or her ability to accept, care, and provide a child with an adequate environment as that child matures
    • Whether the petitioner has been convicted of a crime under a law of any State or has a record of founded child abuse
    In regulation: The preplacement investigation shall include at a minimum two contacts, one face-to-face interview with the applicants and each member of the household, and at least one home visit. The assessment shall include the following:
    • Motivation for adoption and whether the family has other children
    • The family’s attitude toward accepting an adopted child and plans for discussing adoption with the child
    • Emotional stability and marital history
    • Ability to cope with problems, stress, frustrations, crises, separation, and loss
    • Medical conditions that would affect the applicant’s ability to parent a child
    • Ability to provide for the child’s physical and emotional needs
    • Adjustment of birth children and previously adopted children
    • Capacity to give and receive affection
    • Statements from at least three references provided by the family and other unsolicited references
    • Income information
    • Disciplinary practices that will be used
    • History of abuse by family members and treatment
    • Assessment of commitment to and capacity to maintain other significant relationships
    • Substance use or abuse by family members and treatment
    The adoption investigator shall submit records checks for each applicant and for any other adult living in the home of the applicant to determine whether they have founded child abuse reports or criminal convictions.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.8; Admin. Code § 441-107.8(600)
    A prospective adoption petitioner shall not be approved if the petitioner has been convicted of any of the following felony offenses:
    • A drug-related offense within the 5-year period preceding the petition date
    • Child endangerment or neglect or abandonment of a dependent person
    • Domestic abuse
    • A crime against a child, including but not limited to, sexual exploitation of a minor
    • A forcible felony
    The person making the investigation shall not approve a prospective adoption petitioner unless an evaluation has been made that considers the nature and seriousness of the crime or founded abuse in relation to the adoption, the time elapsed since the commission of the crime or founded abuse, the circumstances under which the crime or founded abuse was committed, the degree of rehabilitation, and the number of crimes or founded abuse committed by the person involved.
    In regulation: If there is a record of founded child abuse or a criminal conviction for the applicant, or any other adult living in the home of the applicant, the applicant shall not be approved as an adoptive family unless an evaluation determines that the abuse or criminal conviction does not warrant prohibition of approval.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.8
    The postplacement report shall be completed and filed with the court prior to the holding of the adoption hearing. A copy of the background information investigation report shall be furnished to the adoption petitioners within 30 days after the filing of the adoption petition.
    The preplacement investigation and report shall be completed and the prospective adoption petitioner approved for a placement by the person making the investigation prior to any agency or independent placement of a child in the petitioner’s home in anticipation of an ensuing adoption. A report of a preplacement investigation that has approved a prospective adoption petitioner for a placement shall not authorize placement of a minor person with that petitioner after 1 year from the date of the report’s issuance.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.8; Admin. Code § 441-107.8(600)
    A postplacement investigation and a report of this investigation shall:
    • Verify the allegations of the adoption petition and its attachments and of the report of expenditures required by § 600.9
    • Evaluate the progress of the placement of the adopted child
    • Determine whether adoption by the adoption petitioner is in the best interests of the adopted child
    In regulation: When an adoption investigator completes postplacement supervision, at least three visits to the adoptive family’s home and personal observation of the child are required. Postplacement reports are to be written after each postplacement visit and copies kept in the permanent family file retained by the investigator. Postplacement supervision should assess the placement in the following areas:
    • Integration and interaction of the child with the family
    • Changes in the family functioning that may be due to the child’s placement
    • Social, emotional, and school adjustment of the child
    • Changes that have occurred in the family since placement of the child
    • The family’s method of dealing with testing behaviors and discipline
    Home visits shall be completed at a minimum as follows:
    • One no later than 30 days after placement
    • One no later than 90 days after placement
    • A final visit prior to requesting a consent to adopt
    Home visits shall be completed as often as necessary if the adoptive family is experiencing problems. A report based on the postplacement visits with recommendations regarding the finalization of the adoption shall be submitted to the court.
    Exceptions for Stepparent or Relative Adoptions for Adoption in Iowa
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.8
    Any investigation or report required under this section shall not apply when the adopted person is an adult or when the adoption petitioner is a stepparent of the adopted person. However, in the case of a stepparent adoption, the court may order an investigation. Additionally, if an adoption petitioner discloses a criminal conviction or deferred judgment for an offense other than a simple misdemeanor or founded child abuse report, the petitioner shall notify the court of the inclusion of this information in the petition prior to the final adoption hearing, and the court shall make a specific ruling regarding whether to waive any investigation.


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