History

Children & Families of Iowa has been restoring hope, building futures and changing lives for Iowa’s most vulnerable children, families and communities for 125 years. The organization was started in 1888 as a response to a growing need for safe, loving homes for abandoned, neglected and “unwanted” children in Iowa. Since then Children & Families of Iowa has touched over half a million lives.

From a small adoption agency serving a few hundred children to a statewide organization serving more than 25,600 people every year, the organization has grown by adhering to one, basic principle: every child, every family deserves to be safe. This tradition remains strong even today. Tough economic times are even tougher on those living with poverty, mental illness, addiction and family turmoil. As always, Children & Families of Iowa will be there finding new and creative ways to help Iowa’s families.