Resources for LGBTQ Iowans seeking legal help

These resources can help you navigate the legal barriers that face LGBTQ members and families. Find local and national support for topics such as foster parenting, adoption, and LGBTQ parenting.

One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for LGBTQ Iowans and allies. Inclusion on our website does not warrant or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or outcome. You must fully vet each resource.

If you are seeking an LGBTQ-inclusive lawyer, please email One Iowa Program Coordinator Max Mowitz.

Legal Resources

ACLU of Iowa

Family Equality

Lambda Legal


Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Iowa Guide to Changing Legal Identity Documents

Iowa Legal Aid

Municipal Civil and Human Rights Commissions

LGBTQ Housing Anti-Discrimination Guide


Adoption Resources

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has compiled a series of questions to ask yourself before you start the adoption process.

HRC’s overview of adoption options.

Human Rights Campaign Adoption Resources

Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Foster Parenting

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) created a brief overview about fostering and what foster parents can expect from the process.

To become a foster parent in the state of Iowa, you must go through the Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA). On the IFAPA site, you can find the necessary DHS forms as well as a foster parent handbook to start the process of becoming a foster parent.

Human Rights Campaign Foster Care Resources

Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Parenting Resources offers extensive resources to LGBT parents including:

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