How to get started

Ready to explore foster care or adoption? On behalf of Iowa’s kids, thank you!

There are three paths you can take moving forward—you don’t have to choose yet because the process is the same for all three. You can become 1) licensed for foster care; 2) licensed for foster care and approved for adoption or 3) approved for adoption only. We’ll help you choose what’s right for you as you go along.

Your process

It usually takes about six to nine months to complete this process. You’ll need to fill out an inquiry form, attend an information session, complete fingerprint and background checks, attend a ten-week series of training classes called PS-MAPP and complete a home study before DHS makes a decision on your approval or licensure.

Take a look at our timeline to see each step in detail.

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