Attorney’s Office

Frequently Asked Questions (Juvenile)

  • My child was taken away from me by the State/DHS/Police. How do I get my child back?

    There are several things you will have to do before your child is returned to your home. Call your DHS (Department of Human Services) worker to talk about what you can do.

  • My child was taken away from me by the State/DHS/Police. Can I see my child?

    Usually, visits are set up immediately; however, there are circumstances that may prevent you from seeing your child. Call your DHS worker to set up a visit.

  • How can I collect back/current owed child support?

    If you are on public assistance or FIP (Family Investment Program), the DHS Child Support Recovery Office will do this for you. You must provide your Income Worker or FADS Worker with the name of the child's other parent.

    If you are not on public assistance, you must contact a private attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact Polk County Legal Aid at (515) 243-1193 or the ISBA Volunteer Lawyer Project at (515) 243-3179.

Contact Us

Polk County Attorney's Office
Polk County Justice Center
222 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 286-3737
Fax: (515) 286-3428
Email: ctyatty@polkcountyiowa.gov