About APPC

AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children


The AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) program is a partnership between Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Human Services, and Volunteer Iowa. Administered through Iowa State University’s Child Welfare Research & Training Project,  APPC members provide technical assistance and supports to local Community Partnership for Protecting Children (CPPC) and allied agency host sites across Iowa. Our members serve their communities by focusing on the four CPPC strategies:


  • Shared Decision-Making: provide leadership for collaborative efforts promoting community responsibility for the safety and well-being of children.
  • Community and Neighborhood Networking: promote cooperation and form alliances to provide more accessible and relevant information and professional supports, services, and resources for families whose children are at risk of abuse and/or neglect.
  • Individualized Course of Action: Genuinely engage families and youth to identify strengths, resources, and supports to reduce barriers and help families succeed.
  • Policy and Practice Change: improve policies and practices to reduce barriers and increase accessibility and relevance of services leading to positive family outcomes.

APPC members strengthen their host sites by: building community capacity; delivering information to service providers; and providing outreach and supports to parents/caregivers in a coordinated manner.