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Affordable Childcare

State Programs

Crisis Centers/Baby Items

Child Support

Essentials  (food pantries, financial assistance, household wares, vouchers, etc)

Support Groups

I don’t see my city?

Putative Father Registry

Adoption Law/Revocation

End An Adoption Plan

Pay It Forward

Recommend a Service



Medical Info


Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers- Directory

National- healthcare financing- Care Credit

National- prescription discount card- Coast2Coast

National- free clinic directory- Free Clinics

National- prescription discounts- Good Rx

National- birth control, emergency contraception- Nurx

National- vision care- One Sight

National- patient assistance programs- Rx Assist


Statewide- free clinics- Directory

Statewide- subsidized healthcare- Avera Ministry

Statewide- medical equipment loan directory- Iowa Compass


Cedar Rapids- Income discounts- Eastern Iowa Health Center

Davenport- mental healthcare- Humility of Mary Shelter

Estherville- medical- The Free Clinic

Muscatine- dental and vision, adults and children- MCSA

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Housing info


National- Affordable Housing

National- CoAbode

National- Family Promise

National- For Rent By Owner

National- Low Income Apartments

National- housing authority directory- Public Housing

National- rent assistance directory- Rent Assistance

National- search rooms to rent- Spare Room


Statewide- Common Bond

Statewide (domestic abuse)- housing assistance- Family Crisis Centers


Northeast Iowa (homeless and/or domestic violence)- Friends of the Family

Northwest Iowa- Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc.


Ames- The Emergency Residence Project

Cedar Rapids- Catholic Worker House

Cedar Rapids- Foundation 2

Cedar Rapids- Mission of Hope

Cedar Rapids- Waypoint Services

Cedar Rapids- Willis Dady Services

Council Bluffs- Micah House

Davenport- Humility of Mary Shelter

Davenport- King’s Harvest Ministries

Des Moines- Catholic Charities

Des Moines- Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Des Moines- Family Promise

Des Moines- Hawthorn Hill

Des Moines- Hope Ministries

Dubuque- Opening Doors

Iowa City- Shelter House

Mason City- New Beginnings House of Hope

Muscatine- MCSA

Sioux City (single fathers welcome too)- The Gospel Mission

Waterloo- House of Hope

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Affordable Childcare


National- extended hours-

National- newborn, temporary, permanent- Caring Nannies

Nationwide Directory- Childcare Center

National- Mom Trusted

National- temporary or permanent- Sittercity

National- temporary or permanent- Trusting Connections


Statewide- National Head Start Association


Cedar Rapids- Waypoint Services

Spirit Lake- 24 hours- Boji Babysitters

Spirit Lake- extended hours- Nature’s Escape Child Care

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State Programs

Programs Explained: Terms

ACA Marketplace

Child Care Assistance


Energy Assistance LIHEAP


Food Assistance


Job Corps

Lifeline Program


National School Lunch Program

Section 8 Housing



Unemployment Insurance


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Crisis Centers/Baby Items

Crisis Info


National- baby item discounts- Amazon Family

National- free baby items- Buy Nothing Project

National- cloth diapers- Cloth for Every Bum

National- free formula samples & coupons- Enfamil

National- free samples- Everyday Family

National- cloth diapers- Jake’s Diapers

National- National Diaper Bank Network

National- one time free formula sample- Nature’s One

Ntional- first time mom assistance- Nurse Family Partnership

National- trade baby items/clothes- Rehash

National- cloth diapers- Share the Love

National- rewards program- Similac

National- crib alternative- The Baby Box


Statewide- free baby items- Freecycle

Statewide- family support program- HOPES


East Central Iowa- family rewards, diapers, wipes, clothing, on-site childcare, etc.- Young Parents Network

East Iowa- diaper bank- Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank


Clay County- home visits prenatal & postnatal- Best Care for Better Babies

Des Moines- diapers and formula- Catholic Charities

Dickinson County- home visits prenatal & postnatal- Best Care for Better Babies

Harrison County- diaper distribution- Harrison County Home & Public Health Dept.

Okoboji- children’s clothing- Kaden’s Kloset

Sioux City- parenting classes and incentives- Crittenton Center

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Child Support

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Essentials info


National- babysitting, errands, carpooling, meal swaps, etc.- Babysitter Exchange

National- car donation program- Cars 4 Christmas

National- backpack program- Feeding America

National- food bank directory- Feeding America

National- food assistance- Food Finder

National- car donation program- Free Charity Cars

National- job search- Indeed

National- trade clothing- Rehash

National- various assistance- Society of St. Vincent de Paul

National- education grants- Soroptimist

National- job search for moms- The Mom Project

National- various assistance- The Salvation Army

National- car donation programs- Working Cars for Working Families

National- rideshare- Zimride


Statewide- public transit directory- American Public Transportation Association

Statewide- food pantry directory- DMARC

Statewide (domestic abuse)- resource assistance, advocacy, etc.- Family Crisis Centers

Statewide- food bank directory- Food Bank of Iowa

Statewide- children’s bed assistance- Sleep in Heavenly Peace


Northwest Iowa- regional transit- Rides

Northwest Iowa- outreach services directory- Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc.


Cedar Rapids- daily meals, food pantry, clothing- Mission of Hope

Council Bluffs- daily meals- MOHM’S Place

Davenport- clothes, personal necessities- Humility of Mary Shelter

Davenport- weekly meals, food bank, monthly giveaways, etc.- King’s Harvest Ministries

Des Moines- food pantry- Catholic Charities

Des Moines- clothes, daily meals, furniture- Hope Ministries

Dickinson County- general assistance, money management, family resources, etc.- Dickinson County Community Services

Dubuque- daily meals, clothing, etc.- Dubuque Rescue Mission

Iowa City- laundry, hygiene, etc.- Shelter House

Muscatine- homeless prevention- MCSA

Okoboji- food pantry- The Well Food Pantry

Rock Island- daily meals- Christian Care

Sioux City- parenting resource center- Crittenten Center

Sioux City- food pantry, voucher program, jobs program, etc.- The Gospel Mission

Spirit Lake- food pantry- Spirit Life Fellowship

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Support Groups

Support Info


National- CoAbode

National- Meetup

National- MOPS

National- pregnancy and post partum- My Red Tent

National- Parents Without Partners

National- Postpartum Support International

National- Single and Parenting

National- Single Mom

National- The Life of a Single Mom


East Central Iowa- various support groups (women, men, African, etc.)- Young Parents Network

Central Iowa- Yess


Cedar Rapids- House of Hope

Okoboji- Moms of Tots (MOTS)

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I don’t see my city?

Don’t worry. There are resource links added to the website every day and it’s possible that your area has not been researched yet. If the administrator is not currently working on other projects, your city can be made a priority. Please contact the page here.

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Putative Father Registry

Contact Here

Father’s Rights Support- Sky is the Limit Foundation

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Adoption Law/Revocation

Law Info

Shall be signed not less than seventy-two hours after the birth of the child to be

released, by all living parents. The seventy-two-hour minimum time period requirement

shall not be waived.

If such request is by a signing parent, and is within ninety-six

hours of the time such parent signed a release of custody, the juvenile court shall order the release revoked.

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End An Adoption Plan

If you are looking for help in severing your relationship with an adoption facilitator:

Saving Our Sisters

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Pay It Forward

If you have been a recipient of help, you know firsthand how essential volunteers and/or donations were to your success. Please consider volunteering for or donating to any of the vital organizations on this page.

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Recommend a Service

Know a service applicable to moms and children in this state, but it’s not listed? Please share it by contacting the page: Here.

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