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Families Helping Families office buildingLearn more about Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc. (FHF), a grassroots organization with humble beginnings, founded in 2005 with $100 and a vision. The vision was and is to raise awareness and provide access to basic need items and resources for children in foster care throughout the state of Iowa.

In 2006, Families Helping Families was able to secure 501(c)3 nonprofit status and incorporation.

To learn more or share the mission and programs of Families Helping Families, view and print our brochure.


We are a unique nonprofit organization offering programs and services designed specifically to help and assist Iowa’s foster care children, and the families that care for them.

The majority of requests come from foster care families in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City corridor, with girls and boys from varied ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, aged newborn to 18 years old.

The need was identified by those involved in the foster care system — many of our board members and volunteers.

We know, firsthand, that there is a lack of resources available to this under-served demographic.


The average foster child moves seven times before the age of 18, usually abruptly leaving their home with very few personal belongings.

At Families Helping Families, we feel that our programs and services help make these difficult transitions more bearable.

Currently, there are more than 6,000 children in foster care in the state of Iowa. Families Helping Families exist to provide programs and services for these populations and demographics in foster care.

Due to our efforts, FHF was recognized and awarded the 2013 Governor’s Nonprofit Spotlight Award at the statewide Nonprofit Summit in Altoona.

Support & Growth

Today, with the help of many dedicated volunteers and community partnerships, Families Helping Families of Iowa is fulfilling the needs of foster children.

We are a resource to the foster care community by providing access to basic need items 24 hours a day, seven days a week – the only social services organization in our area offering these services.

With thousands of yearly visits to our Clothing Closet,  children receiving new shoes through our shoe voucher program, as well as receiving tutoring opportunities and scholarships for extracurricular activities, Families Helping Families is dedicated to continuing our mission of “Caring for Iowa’s Children in Foster Care.”