Adoptive Services

Children & Families of Iowa is committed to creating safe, permanent connections between children and families. Part of this commitment is to provide domestic and international adoption home study services. CFI is accredited by the Council on Accreditation to provide international home studies.

Children & Families of Iowa’s service approach is as follows:

  1. Prepare potential adoptive families for the adoption of child
  2. Facilitate placement of the child
  3. Provide post-placement support services to families after the child has been placed in their home

Hague Accreditation

Children & Families of Iowa has received Hague accreditation. Having Hague accreditation means that Children & Families of Iowa is in compliance with Hague regulations that establish uniform requirements and ensure sound ethical practices designed to protect children, birthparents and adoptive parents.

Hague regulations are a result of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions, which provides a framework for member countries to work together to ensure that children are provided with permanent, loving homes, that adoptions take place in the best interests of a child; and that the abduction, sale or traffic in children is prevented.

Children & Families of Iowa has been helping children find loving families through the miracle of adoption since 1888. Also, for many years, the organization has been conducting home studies and providing support services for families seeking intercountry adoption. Achieving Hague accreditation is a natural step for CFI to support ethical practices and continue to provide a range of adoption services with only the best interests of children in mind.

This process of accreditation allows the public to provide feedback regarding CFI’s performance. Children & Families of Iowa invites anyone to submit a comment if they want to take advantage of this opportunity.

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The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. All are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:

Kidsave Summer and Winter Miracles

Children & Families of Iowa proudly partners with Kidsave International, a US-based non-profit focused on finding families for children the world has forgotten. Kidsave uses its signature Family Visit Model to help kids ages 6-18 in US and overseas foster care systems and orphanages find lasting relationships with caring adults.

The Family Visit Model combines the best practices in social work and family recruiting to place older kids in orphanages and foster care with host families for weekends and school breaks with the goal of finding adoptive families and lasting mentoring relationships. This unique model has been replicated by domestic agencies, foreign governments and non-profits worldwide.

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For information about international and domestic adoption services provided by Children & Families of Iowa contact Lucy Stam at (515) 697-7910

For more information about all of Children & Families of Iowa’s adoptive services, contact Cheryl Johnson at (515) 697-7923.