Iowa Child Welfare Protective Services

How Are We Doing?

The federal governmentconducts reviews to determine if states meet federal child welfare requirements. The Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) is a partnership between the federal and state governments that examines the child welfare system in the state and identifies the strengths and areas needing improvement.

Digital Dashboard- Shows how Iowa is doing in relation to the Federal Child Welfare Benchmarks

Differential Response

In April 2012, Governor Branstad signed House File 2226, directing DHS to conduct a comprehensive review to determine whether to recommend a differential response to child abuse reports when the initial report is received by the department." In the 2013 legislative session, House File 590 was passed by the Iowa House and Senate with bipartisan support. The bill was signed into law by Governor Branstad on May 24, 2013. The documents shown below provide additional informationabout Iowa's approachtoward a Differential Response System.

Differential Response Workgroup Meeting Minutes: March 2012, April 2012,May 9, 2012, May 31, 2012,June 15, 2012, June 25, 2012

Differential Response Overview Policy Statement 1

House File 590 - Enrolled Bill

Communication Plan for Differential Response

High Level Look at a Differential Response Infrastructure

Differential Response Assessment Outcome and Service Provision

Differential Response System Policy Statement 2

Differential Response Case Example

Differential Response System Intake Criteria

Differential Response System PolicyStatement 3

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Differential Response Forum Recording

  • Introduction: 01:01 - 02:00
  • Caren Kaplan, Consultant, National Resource Center for In-Home Services: 02:00 - 32:34
  • Judge Anthony Capizzi, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Dayton, OH: 32:39 - 56:40
  • Attorney Susan Collins, Trumbull County, OH: 56:40 - 01:07:14
  • Julie Allison, Child Welfare Bureau Chief, IA: 01:07:16 - 01:44:12

Child Welfare Service Array

The Child Welfare Service Array is the term given to the many services and protocolsto ensure safety, permanency and well-being for children and families of Iowa. To learn more about some of the services that make up the Child Welfare Service Array please click the appropriate link below.

Child Welfare Advisory Groups

Severalcommittees advise theCouncil on Human Services regarding DHS programs, practice, policy and expenditures of funds. The groups include:

Child Welfare Training Opportunities

The Department of Human Services strives to offer a variety of training materials and opportunities.To learn more about what is available and to view training materials please click on the appropriate link below.

Child Welfare Procurement Opportunities

The departmentfrequently issues request for proposals for services. This page provides an updated listing of current procurement opportunities and a link to the State of Iowa Bid Opportunities webpage.
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