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 that promote 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 that lead 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.
The following stakeholders play an important role in supporting a high-quality AmeriCorps program as funding streams, visionaries, and resource providers:
- Volunteer Iowa promotes volunteerism and community service throughout the state of Iowa. Volunteer Iowa is the state-level partner of Iowa AmeriCorps programs.
- Child Welfare Research & Training Project (CWRTP) facilitates and evaluates trainings for IDHS staff and community provider agencies, as well as the services delivered by these agencies. The CWRTP helps to ensure that services and care are informed by best practices that lead to safety and overall wellbeing for children and families.
- 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 maintaining a client-focused approach, while maximizing the use of federal funding and leveraging opportunities, and by collaborating with public and private partners to achieve results.
- Community Partnerships for Protecting 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 supports through enhanced community engagement in abuse prevention efforts.
Host sites for the 2018-2019 program year
Black Hawk County CPPC (Church Row Hub, Center for Attention Resource Hub)--Waterloo, IA
Cedar County CPPC--Tipton, IA
Clinton & Jackson County CPPC--DeWitt, IA
Mahaska & Wapello County CPPC--Ottumwa, IA
Polk County CPPC--Des Moines, IA
APPC & CPPC--Ames, IA
ArtForce Iowa--Des Moines, IA
Community Youth Concepts--Des Moines, IA
Raise Me to Read--Council Bluffs, IA
Youth & Shelter Services--Ames, IA
Youth Policy Institute of Iowa--Des Moines, IA