The Child Welfare Advisory Committee

The Child Welfare Advisory Committee (CWAC)was established in April 2009 and is defined in Iowa Code 217.3A. The purpose of this group isto consult with and make recommendations to the Department of Human Services concerning policy issues related to child welfare, inlcuding but not limited to:

  • Budgets
  • Policies
  • Programs


Members of the State Child Welfare Advisory Council are appointed by the Council on Human Services. Membership includes representatives of child welfare service providers, juvenile court services, the Iowa foster and adoptive parent association, the child advocacy board, the coalition for family and children's services in Iowa, children's advocates, service consumers, and others who have training or knowledge related to child welfare services.

Membership Application - Currently all positions for the CWAC are filled. For more information on becoming a member please contact Michelle Muir at (515) 281-8785.


Meetings of the Child Welfare Advisory Council are open to the public.Meeting times are posted on the DHS Public Meeting Calendar. To request copie sof past meeting minutes please contact Lori VandeWall at

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