The safety of children is everyone's responsibility and we can't expect families to support each other if they don't have everything they need.
The purpose of the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) is to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs. The program includes a single contract with a statewide non-profit organization to provide Administrative Support Services to HHS, as outlined in Iowa Code (235A.1). The program also includes multiple local service contracts throughout the state through grants to Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Councils.
For State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-2025, 43 Community-Based Organizations or “Councils” serving 44 of Iowa’s 99 counties, were awarded a total of 50 unique service contracts under ICAPP. For the first time, the procurement of services under ICAPP was combined with the procurement of services under the federal CBCAP (Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention) grant. Previously these two funding opportunities were implemented separately. The merger will help to maximize funding and reduce duplication.
Services funded under the program are especially geared toward families who with one or more support opportunities, such as young parents, families at or near poverty level, families parenting a child with a disability, families with young children (0-5 years), and families with a history of abuse/neglect, mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence. Funds were awarded through local Councils for the following types of services:
- Community Development - public awareness and community needs assessments
- Home Visitation Services - voluntary evidence-based home-visiting models
- Parent Development - parent support, education, and leadership
- Resilient Communities- projects to build community capacity
- Sexual Abuse Prevention - healthy sexual development, and adult/child focused instruction
The Child Abuse Prevention Program Advisory Council reviewed all proposal scores, along with comments provided by an independent team of evaluators, before making the final award recommendations to the legacy DHS Adult, Child and Family Services (ACFS) Administrator.