Iowa Assistance Programs for Pregnant Women and Birth Mothers plus Information Regarding Adoption Agencies
We are here to help you whether you are pregnant or have already given birth. Unlike some in the "adoption business", we want to help you whether you are planning to place your child for adoption or are seeking financial and medical assistance to help you raise your child yourself. We believe that caring people should make decisions based on what is good for you and your child. Period. Please consider us as friends who are simply trying to help you and your child.
With that in mind, please scan down this page to find what you need. We have tried to provide information on almost any question you might have regarding pregnancy, labor, birth, raising children, financial and medical assistance programs, support groups, adoption and more. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help.
A Very Important Issue Regarding Adoption
If you are considering placing your child for adoption, we suggest you take a moment to evaluate the intentions of those involved in the adoption process. There are many good and caring people involved in the adoption field. On the other side of the fence there are those who may offer you the world but whose primary concern is making money rather than the safety and emotional well-being of you and your baby. Before choosing an adoption agency, adoption attorney, adoption facilitator or a business providing adoption services, please ask yourself, "Are they doing this because they care about me and my baby or is this simply a business for them?" Consider if they have the safety and happiness of both you and your child in mind (or just profits). Ask them why they started providing this service in the first place. Ask yourself, "If they really cared about me and my baby, what have they done to show me that this is not just about the money for them?"
I started Adoption Services, Inc., (a fully licensed and not-for-profit adoption agency) and created this website and several other websites (such as PregnancyAndChildren.com) because I care about you and your baby (Click here to read my story). If you want to place your child for adoption, my staff and I are here to help make sure you and your baby's needs are met and that your baby is placed with the perfect safe and loving home. On the other hand, if you are looking for information on financial, medical, nutritional, and emotional help so that you can raise your child, we are also here to help you. I am here to help you even if you choose to work with some another agency. My goal is to help you and others like you to be safe, to keep your baby safe and to enable you to make decisions based on what "you want" and what "you feel is best for you and your baby."
My name is Dr Vince Berger. My staff and I, at Adoption Services, are available to answer your questions and to assist you if you live in Iowa or any other state. Our goal is to help you with your pregnancy whether you are planning to raise your child yourself or are thinking of placing your child for adoption. No matter whether you get help from us or from some other source, our goal is to help you and your child and other pregnant women and their children to lead healthier and happier lives. Please feel free to contact me (I would be happy to talk to you personally by phone or email) or my staff with any questions you have or to check out the help we offer. My number is 1(800)943-0400
Pregnancy and Pregnancy Resources
Pregnancy Issues and Pregnancy Resources will help you (whether you live in Iowa or any other state) if you are pregnant. It has information about pregnancy and what you can expect. We start by answering some of the most frequently asked questions and then proceed with pregnancy tests and pregnancy symptoms, the stages of pregnancy,all about prenatal care as well as hospital selection and much more.
Pregnancy Concerns are shared by almost every pregnant woman and include subjects such as: morning sickness and nutrition and diet, alcohol and drug usage, depression and moodiness, and labor and delivery concerns. In this section we have tried to address some of the most common concerns you and other birth mothers may have including resources for financial help and nutritional advice as well as medical assistance and more. (Note: There is more information on assistance programs for pregnant women and birth mothers further down this page).
Crisis Centers for birth mothers and pregnant women living in Iowa or any other U.S. state or in Canada are listed on this page. If you are a victim of domestic violence, have knowledge of a sexual abuse, or are in need of a shelter, please visit the page Mother and Child Safety.
Financial and Medical Assistance
Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children
The Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) for Women, Infants and Children provides free food, nutrition counseling, and referrals to health and other social services at no charge. WIC serves low-Income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5. For the WIC program in other states click on the link Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Iowa and the other 49 states can help keep your child safe and healthy by offering you free or low cost health insurance coverage for your child.
Child Nutrition Programs in Iowa and the other 49 states will help you understand many child nutrition issues and they provide low-cost and free food to children who qualify. The link Nutritional Help can also help you with issue of nutrition.
The Iowa Child Welfare Agency (also called the Department of Human Services, Department of Human Resources, Department of Children and Families, or Department of Public Welfare) can help you with issues of pregnancy, parenting, foster care, and adoption. This site also lists the State Child Welfare website for other states and provides you with a link to their website.
The Iowa Department of Education can help provide you with information about nutrition, pregnancy, insurance and other programs for children and pregnant woman living in Iowa. The link Department of Education will help you identify early intervention programs and nutrition programs available to children in other states.
The Iowa Department of Health is an excellent resource to help you find programs dealing with health and nutrition, pregnancy, insurance and other programs for pregnant women, mothers, fathers and children. We have also provided the website links and contact information for the Department of Health in the other 49 states.
The Iowa Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help you pay winter heating bills and medically necessary summer cooling bills. We have also listed contact information and website links for the other 49 states' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs.
Iowa Medicaid can provide you with information about free or limited-cost health care for you and for your child. We have also provided the contact information for the other 49 states' Medicaid programs. Additionally, the Medical Help link includes information on medical problems plus information on where you may be able to get free or discounted medical, dental and prescription care for your child.
The Iowa unemployment insurance program can help you financially if you are temporarily unemployed. We have also provided the contact information and/or website link for the other 49 states' unemployment insurance programs.
The Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Programprovides free education, screening, diagnostics and case management related to breast cancer and cervical cancer. These programs are also available in the other 49 states.
Parenting Your Child is designed to help a birth mother and/or birth father living in Iowa or any other state to raise their child and even improve their ability to parent. Iowa Parenting Support Groups connects you with parenting support groups in Iowa and provides you with some of the information and resources that we believe you may be looking for. Additionally, we have tried to provide a list of parenting support groups and resources in the other 49 states.
If you are thinking of placing our child for adoption we are available to help you whether you place your child with us or some other agency. We want you to understand that you have several choices including the type of adoption you want. For instance, you can whether to use a licensed child adoption agency or proceed with a private adoption (not recommended - please click the link to read about the risks involved) or adopt through a facilitator (not recommended - please click the link to read about the risks involved) or an adoption attorney. You can choose between an open adoption or a closed adoption (this basically determines how much or how little you are involved in your child's life after the adoption) and what involvement you want in selecting the adopting family (For the safety of your child please verify that a detailed history and complete home study of the adopting family has been done). It is very important that before you start the actual adoption process that you to learn and understand the possible outcomes of each of these choices.
We at Adoption Services can help you if you live in Iowa or live in any other state. We want you to know that we can help you with medical, legal, and living expenses, and as well as other types of assistance to the extent that the law allows, just as can other legally licensed Agencies. We also want you to be aware that some in the "business of adoption" may offer you incentives that go beyond what the law may allow and that in some cases these "adoption businesses" may put their financial interests and their adopting families' interests ahead of the interests of you and your baby. While we hope that you will want to use our services for your adoption, if you do not want to work with us for any reason, we can help you select another agency.
We want you to know our first priority is always to help you and your baby. And, if you decide to proceed with an adoption, our next priorities are to make sure that all adopting families are very thoroughly screened and personally approved by myself, Dr Vince Berger, to assure you that your child is placed into the perfect loving home where they will be treated with tenderness and affection, and to insure that your baby will be kept safe and loved. In order to protect the physical and emotional well-being of your baby, please contact us before you finalize your plans.
Adoption rights and adoption laws are an important part of every adoption. It is important for you to understand the adoption rights of all parties involved including those of the birth mother, the birth father, and even the rights of the grandparents of the child. We strongly encourage you contact us before you start the adoption process so that we can help you understand all of your rights. Click the following link to read the child adoption laws of Iowa, or the following link to find the adoption laws of other states.
We conduct a very careful evaluation of every adopting family on our waiting list. A critical part of our evaluation is called our Home Study. The Home Study includes a detailed evaluation of the adopting persons, their home, surrounding environment, finances, health, attitudes about child rearing and discipline, FBI clearances, state police and child abuse clearances, and much more. We feel that this is needed for the safety and well-being of every child who is placed by our agency. This is a very important study, since it is through this Home Study that we, or any other agency or attorney, gets to know the adopting family. I, Dr Vince Berger, have been evaluating families for over 40 years and, as a result of our extra thorough evaluations, we have never had a situation where any child we have placed has been abused, abandoned or neglected. We have a perfect record and will be glad to help you make sure your baby is placed with the perfect family.
Government Benefits Programs (Listed On Our Site)
Government Benefits (Federal Governments Website)
The GovBenefits.gov website is a fantastic source of information, not just for your state, but for all the states. Click here to see the government benefits available in your state.