AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children
The AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) program is in its second year. Members serving in this AmeriCorps program will work in close partnership with host sites across the state. They will work toward implementing the four key strategies for Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) prevention initiative which actively engages Iowans in providing families and children with the supports and resources they need to keep children safe from abuse/neglect thereby creating communities where children thrive. Specifically, in this program year the members will be primarily responsible for strengthening their sites in relation to three priority areas: build community capacity; deliver information to service providers; and provide outreach and supports to parents/caregivers in a coordinated manner. The program achieves this, in part, by placing AmeriCorps members with CPPC sites throughout the state of Iowa in under-served rural and urban high-poverty areas across the state to assist the sites in implementing an intervention based on the CPPC theory of change.
The following stakeholders play an important role in supporting a high quality AmeriCorps program as funding streams, visionaries, and resource providers:
- The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) promotes volunteerism and community service throughout the state of Iowa. ICVS is the state level partner of Iowa AmeriCorps programs.
- Child Welfare Research and Training Project (CWRTP) facilitates and evaluates trainings for DHS staff and community provider agencies and services delivered by agencies, and helps ensure that services and care are informed by best practices that lead to safety and overall well-being for families and children.
- Communities Partnering to Protect Children (CPPC) and CPPC Partner sites throughout the state of Iowa work to assist local efforts to build community capacity through awareness and collaboration. The program’s goal is to expand and improve local family support through enhanced community engagement in abuse prevention efforts
- Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) helps individuals and families achieve safe, stable, self-sufficient, and healthy lives, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the state. IDHS tries to accomplish this by keeping a customer focus, striving for excellence, sound stewardship of state resources, maximizing the use of federal funding and leveraging opportunities, and by working with public and private partners to achieve results.
We are currently looking for members to serve for the 2016-2017 program year!
Here are the host sites for the 2015 -2016 Program Year!
Building Direction for Families – Independence, IA Building Direction for Families, Inc. (BDF) is a non-profit agency that provides funding for the Early Childhood Iowa, Decategorization, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, and Community Based Child Abuse Prevention initiatives in Buchanan, Delaware, and Fayette Counties. Building Direction for Families believes families are at the heart of our communities, and envisions families growing and prospering in communities that promote family self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and self-determination.
Clinton, Jackson, Scott, and Dubuque County CPPC – Dubuque, IA Our Scott County CPPC site is working on fatherhood engagement, and building membership at the CPPC Shared Decision Making Meetings. Our AmeriCorps Member, Torschia Thomas, is working at building connections in the community around fatherhood engagement and our 24/7 Dads Programs and engaging new members to attend CPPC.
Neighborhood Hub – Waterloo, IA Cedar Valley’s Promise (CVP) is a grassroots movement to improve the lives of our children through community-wide involvement. It connects parents, neighbors, businesses, governments and youth-serving organizations to provide all children with the support, assets, and resources necessary to achieve their fullest potential. Cedar Valley’s Promise grew out of several area initiatives in 1998 concerned for the welfare and healthy development of all its children and to mobilize resources throughout Black Hawk County for their benefit.
HAWC Partnerships for Children CPPC with Helping Services for Northeast Iowa – Postville, IA Since 1973, Helping Services for Northeast Iowa has been providing children, teens, and adults with the skills and knowledge to bring about positive change in their own lives and in their communities. Staff and volunteers work to end domestic violence and child abuse; build healthy families, friendships, and relationships; and empower people to stop the future misuse and illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Our teams—Domestic Abuse Advocacy, Family Education and Support, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Youth Mentoring—provide presentations, research-based programs, trainings, and advocacy to families, businesses, and communities.
Atlas of Winnebago – Woodbury County. The AmeriCorps Partnership for Protecting Children program for our area is centered in the ATLAS office in Winnebago, on the Winnebago Indian reservation in Nebraska. Because many individuals and families travel back and forth between Winnebago and Sioux City, Iowa, it makes sense that the program reaches out to the entire area, including Sioux City. ATLAS of Winnebago works closely with local Tribal programs and the Four Directions Community Center in Sioux City, Iowa to try to meet these needs. ATLAS also sends a representative to the CINCF (Community Initiative for Native Children and Families), in Sioux City. The Motherhood is Sacred (MIS) and Fatherhood is Sacred (FIS) curricula, developed by Al Pooley from Phoenix, AZ., have been well accepted and successful in Indian Country, and are already being used to strengthen relationships between parents and children. Our AmeriCorps member will assist with recruitment for these groups. ATLAS also has a food pantry and a bread give-away program.
Story County CPPC – Ames, IA Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) of Story County is a group of community members and professionals with child and parent safety at the top of the list. Our team uses four core strategies to empower communities to protect families by connecting them to local resources, social support, and human services agencies.
Floyd, Mitchell and Chickasaw CPPC – Charles City, IA Families Making Connections (FMC) is working to create communities that recognize the value of collaboration in regard to promoting child safety, health, nurturing and quality learning environments. We bring together a variety of community members to identify strengths and needs of families with children; identify ways to fill gaps in services to children ages 0-18; and make educated decisions regarding the allocation of resources to families and children who reside in or are in a school district within Floyd, Mitchell, and Chickasaw Counties.
Johnson County CPPC – Iowa City, IA
Buena Vista County CPPC – Storm Lake, IA
Sioux County Cluster CPPC – Orange City, IA
Flourishing Families (Benton and Iowa County CPPC) and Clickstop Cares – Vinton and Urbana, IA Flourishing Families: Flourishing Families of Benton and Iowa Counties is a local CPPC site dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through education and awareness.
Clickstop Cares: Providing assistance to local individuals and families in need of clothing, household items, and food. Contact us: Cares@ClickstopCares.org
For more information please contact Amanda McCurley, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-294-7340.