Family and Children

Seventy-seven percent of women in Iowa are or have been married. Many of those women have children that they support either with the help of a partner or alone.

Resources for Family Economic Security:

  • hawk-i is a program that provides health care coverage for Iowa children in families with limited incomes.
  • WIC (Women Infants & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of five, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last six months. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutritional education, and referrals to other health care agencies.
  • One in every four children in the United States is owed child support on a permanent basis. One in two children--every other child in the United States, and at some point before their eighteenth birthday--is eligible to receive child support. Non-payment of child support is a leading cause of child poverty and is the greatest source of financial insecurity for families in the United States.
  • Iowa Community Action Association helps low-income families throughout the state find resources to assist with basic needs.
  • The Iowa Department of Human Services has an online application for State of Iowa Services (OASIS), which is for people applying for benefits administered by DHS.

Iowa has one of the highest rates of women with children who work outside the home. Eighty-two percent of women in Iowa with children under 18 are in the labor force.

Resources for Working Moms: