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PARENTING 

& OTHER

RESOURCES

LOCAL IOWA CHILDCARE
  • DHS Childcare Assistance

    • "Child Care Assistance (CCA) is available to the children of income-eligible parents who are absent for a portion of the day due to employment or participation in academic or vocational training or PROMISE JOBS activities.  Assistance may also be available for a limited period of time to the children of a parent looking for employment."

  • Head Start

    • "The Head Start/Early Head Start program is designed to promote the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive and social/emotional competence. In addition, Head Start provides services and education to prepare families to advocate for themselves and their children through parent education and the provision of resources."

  • Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral​

    • ​"CCR&R is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family."

LOCAL IOWA CLOTHING & FOOD ASSISTANCE
  • Bidwell Riverside Center
    • "Our pantry provides families with free food, clothing, household items and more." 

  • DHS Food Assistance

    • ​The Food Assistance Program provides Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to buy groceries at supermarkets, grocery stores and some Farmers Markets.

  • Highland Park Christian Church Clothes Closet

    • "One the of the ministries at Highland Park Christian Church is a FREE clothes closet.  Anyone is welcome to come check out the assortment of gently used clothing. We only ask that you sign in so we know how many guests have visited.  The clothes closet is typically open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00 am."

  • TAKE - The Ankeny Klothing Exchange

    • "The Ankeny Klothing Exchange (TAKE), which serves north Polk County, is open from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and every second Saturday of the month 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. TAKE is located at 406 SW School Street in room 310. TAKE distributes donated clothing at no cost to the recipient; there is no criteria to meet to receive items."

  • West Des Moines Clothing Closet

    • "Available to eligible, low-income service area households for limited monthly clothing items. In addition to clothing and shoes, small appliances and other household items may also be available in the Clothing Closet. All items are offered free of charge."

LOCAL IOWA PREGNANCY/PARENTING SUPPORT
  • Agape Pregnancy Center

    • "We offer free pregnancy services to help you make informed decisions and prepare for your future." They provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, informative classes that cover a variety of topics from pregnancy through early childhood, and baby items that can be earned.

  • Alpha Women's Center

    • "We offer pregnancy tests, classes, Bible studies, and a resource closet with maternity clothing, children’s clothes up to 2T, diapers, baby wipes, formula, and other assorted baby paraphernalia—all at no cost."

  • InnerVisions HealthCare

    • "Pregnant? Not sure what's next? Time to consider your options. There are alot of them. We can walk you through options and provide resources for your next steps."

  • Parenteen

    • "We strive to empower, educate and advocate for young parents through life's uncertainties with grace, faith and unconditional love."

  • Rosenfield Center

    • Services provided: abortion services, birth control, general health care, HIV testing, LGBTQ services, men's health care, morning-after pill, pregnancy testing & services, STD testing and treatments, and women's health care​

  • Ruth Harbor Ministries

    • They provide all of their services at no cost to the residents or their families. They provide housing, transportation, 24/7 staffing and supervision, professional counseling for clients and families, continuing education and support, life skills training, spiritual guidance, employment support, access to quality health care, parent training, and adoption assistance.

  • Young Women's Resource Center

    • "The Young Women’s Resource Center provides a broad range of perinatal services for pregnant and parenting young women through the age of 21. At a time when young women can feel most alone or in need of help, the Young Women’s Resource Center can provide comfort and stability through its programs, resources and groups. These programs are designed to equip the young mom or expecting mom with the skills to address the challenges of parenting so that she can focus on its joys."

LOCAL IOWA SUPPORT GROUPS
MEDICAID
  • Iowa Medicaid

    • "Simply put, Iowa Medicaid has three main coverage groups: Most Iowa Medicaid members are enrolled in the IA Health Link managed care program. This program gives you health coverage through a Managed Care Organization (MCO) that you get to choose. Some Medicaid members will get health coverage through the Medicaid Fee-for-Service program. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will continue to be offered through the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa program, also known as Hawki."

  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women​ by American Pregnancy Association

ONLINE RESOURCES
  • Birthright

    • "We help women discover hope for the future through friendship, love and support. We know the importance of simply being with her, being a compassionate listener and respecting that it is her life and her plan. Birthright is available to support her for as long as she needs us, from the time of her first call or visit, throughout her pregnancy and after."

    • "Along with providing love and support, we help her with essentials such as pregnancy testing, medical, housing and counseling referrals as well as maternity and baby items. Through Birthright’s strong support system, she can realize hope for her future."

  • Embrace Grace

    • ​"Formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy." 

  • Find Pregnancy Help Near You by AdoptMatch

  • In This With You

    • "In This With You points to wise next steps for people struggling after an abortion or in crisis pregnancy situation while giving their friends practical ways to love and support them."

If you have suggestions of other resources for expectant parents, please email us at vistoadoption@gmail.com.