Providing Hope Across Iowa

Helping children and families for 135 years.

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.

Our History

This special organization has been there for children and families for 135 years. It was there when children orphaned by poverty needed someone to help find them loving, permanent homes. Through the years, it has been there for “unwed” mothers, for abused women and children, for abandoned teenagers and for families on the brink of disaster.

Who We Are

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 has been recognized for its outstanding service to the community and ability to respond to the needs of Iowans:

CFI holds multiple contracts with the state and various counties.

CFI is a United Way partner agency and therefore held to high standards in our programs.

CFI partners with hundreds of local organizations to ensure we are delivering the highest level of care.

All of CFI’s programs are accredited or licensed.

Many of the programs, such as services for victims of domestic violence, and programs for foster youth, offer services unique in Iowa and in the communities they serve.

CFI Offers Hope When You Need it Most

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.

Our Partners

Together We Serve — Amplifying Impact Through Partnership

Children & Families of Iowa is a member organization of United Way of Central Iowa and is a charter member of the Children’s Home Society of America.


CFI partners with the Food Bank of Iowa to utilize USDA services. View the USDA non-discrimination policy here.

Food Bank of Iowa
Children’s Home Society of America
Council on Accreditation (COA)
United Way

Children & Families of Iowa does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, or any other characteristic protected by law.