Services to Families and Children is part of the Child Protective Services offered by the DHS.


  Lee County, Iowa - DHS
- Family Services

Adoption Services Family-Centered Services Family Foster Care Family Preservation
Group Care Protective Services Shelter Care  
Supervised Community Treatment Wrap-Around Services/Supports

Adoption Services are designed to provide a secure permanent adoptive home for children under the guardianship of DHS when the parental rights of their birth parents have been terminated. Services include recruitment of families for special needs children, purchasing adoption services from licensed private child placing agencies and registering special needs children in the Iowa Adoption Exchange, the National Exchange, the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association newsletter and the Iowa’s Photolisting Book in an effort to recruit adoptive homes. Most children DHS places for adoption have special needs; e.g. 72% of the children are older than 6 (36% are age 12 or older), and 80% have diagnosed physical, mental, emotional or behavioral disabilities. Adoption subsidies are available to provide financial assistance to enable families to adopt children with special needs.

Family-Centered Services are interventions designed to prevent or treat child abuse, neglect, and delinquency, to prevent or reduce out-of-home placements and maintain family reunification. In the family-centered program, the rehabilitative treatment service components are: therapy and counseling, restorative living, family and social skill development and psychosocial evaluation services. Two supportive services, supervision and MR/DD respite services, are available in the family-centered program. These services are provided in the setting most appropriate for the child and family and may be in the family home, and is sometimes provided in a day program setting.

Family Foster Care services provide 24-hour temporary care for children unable to remain in their own homes, while also offering services to families of children in order to implement plans for permanent placement. In the family foster care program, the rehabilitative treatment service components are: therapy and counseling, social skill development, restorative living skills, family skills development and behavioral management services. Supportive services in family foster care include supervision services, foster family home studies and maintenance. Placement goals for children in foster care include reunification with family, placement with a relative or guardian, adoption, independence and long -term care.

Family Preservation is a highly intensive and time-limited in-home service intervention that was developed to prevent out-of-home placement of children. Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of families in crisis and consist of one or more of the following components: therapy and counseling, skill development and psychosocial evaluation. Other services such as supervision, transportation and community resource building are available to families.

Group Care services are highly structured 24-hour treatment services and supervision in a licensed group care facility. Children placed in group care cannot be served in less intensive levels of care due to the intensity or severity of their emotional or behavioral problems. In the group care program, the rehabilitative treatment service components are: therapy and counseling, social skill development, restorative living skills, family skills development. Supportive services in group care include supervision services and maintenance. These facilities offer a variety of treatment modalities, but all offer counseling and skill development services. Some facilities provide services to the family as well as to the child. The primary goal is to return the child to a family living situation, when that is not possible for a youth the goal is to prepare the youth for independent living.

Protective Services typically begin with a prompt assessment of a report of child abuse. If necessary, rehabilitative services may be provided so that the family can remain intact without immediate danger to the child or, when necessary, a child may be removed from the home. Adult evaluations are conducted when an adult abuse report is made.

Shelter Care services are usually of an emergency short term nature until they can be returned home or to other permanent arrangements. Shelter care services are designed to provide crisis intervention and daily supervision, protecting the child and meeting immediate needs, rather than providing long-term treatment of problems.

Supervised Community Treatment provides comprehensive multi-disciplinary treatment services in a structured setting. Services are closely coordinated and integrated with the school system. Youth participate in the program for four to six hours a day for five to six days a week for an average of ten months. Services are targeted for youths ages 9 through 17 who are experiencing significant behavioral or emotional problems, who are adjudicated delinquent or who are at risk of delinquency.

Wrap-Around Services/Supports are individualized services or supports, necessary in order for a child’s group care placement to be prevented or reduced in length, that are unavailable through other avenues of funding. Wrap-around services/supports are designed to be individualized, community-based and focused on the basic needs of children and their families.

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