Children and Families of Iowa

Contact Information

501 SW Ankeny Road
Ankeny, IA 50021
United States

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Monday 9 AM-7:30 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-7:30 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-7:30 PM
Thursday 9 AM-7:30 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Restoring Hope, Building Futures, and Changing Lives


Children & Families of Iowa is one of the top family services organizations in Iowa. Through its programs and services, the organization helps everyone from children who need a safe home to adults learning to cope with trauma.

Today, Children & Families of Iowa stands on this foundation of caring as one of Iowa’s largest, most well-respected providers of family services. From a small adoption agency serving a few hundred children to a statewide organization serving thousands of Iowans every year, the organization has grown by adhering to one basic principle: every child and family deserves to be safe.

Children & Families of Iowa doesn’t just offer solutions for families and children in crisis. It offers hope when it seems like there is none left. It offers a chance to build better futures. It offers an opportunity to change lives.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many new parents are worried they'll be on their own if they decide to foster. That's not true; you have tons of support on your side.

You have the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Your local DHS recruits and approves families for fostering and adoption. They also place children with approved parents.

The Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association has handbooks, contact phone numbers, information on training and case plans, useful PDFs for foster parents, and more online.

You also have your local child-placing agency for assistance. They're licensed and approved to train parents and place children in homes. You can find information on how to navigate the legal system or tips for working with birth parents, for example.

Many state non-profits dedicate themselves to assisting foster youth and the families caring for them. They may help with basic care, such as clothing or food, or educate parents on specific topics.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.0 / 5
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Melisa Ikeljic
Sep 13, 2023

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place but especially my therapist alone. What a wonderful experience each time.

Rating: 5

Andrea Roberts
Aug 03, 2023

I love working with the people at Ankeny Family Counseling. The receptionist and billing department have been great when I have questions. Lindy is amazing and I love working with her!

Rating: 5

Amy Sheaffer
Aug 03, 2023

Love working with AFC!

Rating: 5

Lisa Dirksen
Aug 01, 2023

I absolutely love this office and my therapist!

Rating: 5

Kelsey Anderson
Aug 01, 2023

I recommend Lindy R. Incredible to work with.

Rating: 5