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 or call 515-288-4019 x7.

Legal Resources

ACLU of Iowa
515-243-3988

Family Equality
646-880-3005

Lambda Legal
866-542-8336

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
646-862-9396

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
800-457-4416

Iowa Guide to Changing Legal Identity Documents

Iowa Legal Aid
515-243-1193

Municipal Civil and Human Rights Commissions

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

FamilyEquality.org offers extensive resources to LGBT parents including:

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