Adoption Records in Iowa
Most states have closed adoption records. Iowa is one of those states. If the adoption took place after July 4, 1941 the record is closed. Even though adoption records are closed in Iowa, there are laws that let people affected by adoption get information.
Emancipation and Minor Guardianships
If you are a minor who is thinking about running away, stop and look at other ways to deal with the problem.
Iowa's Child Abuse and Dependent Adult Abuse Registries
Many people do not know much about two Iowa Abuse registries, the Child Abuse Registry and the Dependent Adult Abuse Registry. Unlike the Sex Offender Registry, a person can end up on Iowa's Child Abuse or Dependent Adult Abuse registries without ever having been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime.
Juvenile Court Basics
The court system in Iowa is a unified court system which includes Juvenile Courts. Juvenile Courts generally handle cases dealing with children under the age of eighteen. This resource is a summary of Iowa's Juvenile Court system.
Juvenile Record Causing Problems? How "Sealing" Can Help
You may have a juvenile record if you were accused of doing something illegal when you were under 18 years of age. How that record can affect you and what you can do.
Passports for Children
Details and forms to fill in by hand or complete online to apply for a passport for a chilld.
Questions and Answers About Adoption
An overview of adoption law and related issues in Iowa.
Questions and Answers About Iowa's Juvenile Justice System
Common questions and answers about how cases involving minors are handled in the Iowa judicial system.
Teens Rights in Your Dating Relationship
You have many rights in your relationship with your girlfriend or boyfriend, including the right to say no to sex or anything you don?t want to do. You have the right not to be abused.
Termination of Parental Rights
When you have "parental rights" to a child, you are that child's parent in the eyes of the law. When your parental rights to a child are terminated, you stop being that child's parent.