How To Get Started

How To Get Started 2018-05-02T15:18:20+00:00

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.

for foster care


Licensed for foster care
& approved for adoption


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:

  1. If you are located in Service Area’s Covered by Four Oaks Family Connections, please follow this orientation guide to complete your orientation session prior to submitting an inquiry below.
  2. Fill out an inquiry form
  3. Complete an information session
  4. Complete fingerprint and background checks
  5. Attend a ten-week series of training classes called TIPS-MAPP
  6. Complete a home study before DHS makes a decision on your approval or licensure.

Take the First Step.
Inquire today.

Ready, set, go!

Get Started