International Adoption – Iowa

Iowa State InformationBelow is a list of helpful information for your adoption journey in Iowa.

Child Abuse/ Neglect Central Registry Check

Toll-Free: (800) 362-2178Department of Human Services

Secretary of State

Iowa Secretary of StateSecretary of State
Corporate Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5204

Don’t send original documents – send either photo copy of notary public’s sig/stamp and/or vital records/county clerk’s sig/stamp or a list of notary public/vital records/county clerk’s names and commission numbers (listed on stamp). You also need to tell them the date of the documents were notarized. They will send you the state certification forms to attach to the originals.

Vital Records and Health Services

Vital Records Section
Department of Public Health
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12 Street
Des Moines, IA 50319515-281-5871

Fee: $10/doc, Check to Department of Public Health

NOTE: Iowa prefers you get all Vital Records from the Main Office in Des Moines, NOT at the County Clerk’s office. This way, they can walk your record over to the Secretary of State’s office for the State Seal

State Police Check

Iowa Department of Public Safety

USCIS Office

Des Moines Field OfficeUSCIS
210 Walnut Street, Room 369
Federal Building
Des Moines, IA 50309

In order to visit this office or to speak with an Immigration Information Officer, you must have an appointment scheduled by USCIS, or you must schedule an INFOPASS appointment, on the USCIS website.

Note: The Des Moines Field Office is closed to the public on Wednesdays.

This office serves the following counties: Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Benton, Blackhawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Calhoun, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clayton, Clinton, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Story, Tama, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright.

Omaha Field Office

USCIS
1717 Avenue H
Omaha, NE 68110

In order to visit this office or to speak with an Immigration Information Officer, you must have an appointment scheduled by USCIS, or you must schedule an INFOPASS appointment, on the USCIS website.

Please call (402) 633-4056 to check on a change in the hours of operations or the closing of the Omaha Field Office during inclement weather or other conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: This office is CLOSED for INFOPASS appointments on Wednesdays.

This office serves the following counties in Iowa: Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Fremont, Greene, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Taylor, and Woodbury.