Welcome to The Coalition for Family and Children's Services in Iowa

We believe that Iowa communities are strengthened when family and children’s service are present in their  communities. Iowa families thrive when they are supported and empowered to care for and provide for their children’s needs. Empowerment occurs through formal and informal supports including programming, education, direct service, coordination and connection to available resources.

The Coalition is a statewide organization whose mission is to enhance the collective impact of its member agencies.  These member agencies provide a wide array of services to families and children across the state of Iowa.  At its most basic description, The Coalition's alliance of agencies provide safety nets to children and youth who have been, or are now, in danger of being abused, neglected, or delinquent; and all children and youth with mental health or substance abuse needs. 

The Coalition is committed to Building a Better Iowa and strengthening Iowa families by focusing on 3 statewide initiatives:   Stabilizing the workforces of agencies which provide human services to families and children across Iowa; Stabilizing the Medicaid system in Iowa; and Promoting and developing the use of evidence-based best practices for care within provider agencies across Iowa.  

Governor Reynolds signed seven bills on Thursday, March 30, 2018, including a public signing ceremony for two bills dealing with mental health issues: HF 2456 MH SERVICES and SF 2113 SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.

Check out the House File 2456 MH SERVICES here
Check out the Senate File SF 2113 SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING here

HF 2456 is an Adult Mental Health bill that implements the recommendations in the Complex Services Needs Workgroup Report. 

Check out the Complex Services Needs Workgroup Report here 

The governor also announced her intention to sign an executive order establishing a platform to begin developing a children’s mental health service system based on Children's Mental Health & Well-being Advisory Committee.

Check out the Children's Mental Health & Well-being Advisory Committee here

Check out the Des Moines Register Article here
Check out the NAMI Iowa Video on Facebook here 
Check out Governor Reynold's Page here

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. 

Click here to visit the national website:  Abuse Prevention 2018 for the Resource Guide, tools and ways to get involved!