Polk County Decategorization

Community Based
Family Team Meetings

A community based Family Team Meeting (FTM) is a professionally facilitated voluntary meeting that brings together individuals who can assist vulnerable families in getting back on track and preventing any crisis warranting Department of Human Services (DHS) involvement from occurring. FTMs are the cornerstone of ensuring that families develop an individualized course of action; one of the four strategies of the CPPC approach.

This approach draws upon a family‘s strengths, experiences, knowledge, and resources to create a plan that provides for the safety and well-being of children in the family. The family is assisted in developing natural supports that will enhance the family’s capacity and build a circle of support that will see the family through difficult times.

It is important to note that community based FTMs provided by CPPC are different than FTMs provided by DHS. The goal of CPPC's community based FTMs is to prevent DHS involvement and connect vulnerable families with resources before a crisis occurs.


Making a FTM Referral
Do you know a family that could benefit from a community based FTM? Provide them with an "Information for Families" brochure and help them complete a referral form (see the links below for these materials). Self-referrals from families are also accepted.


Family Team Meeting Materials

Information for Families (English)

Información para las Familias (Español)

Information for Professionals
Referral Form
If you have any questions as you complete this form
call Polk County's CPPC Coordinator at 515-725-2780


Any child protection concerns must be reported to DHS
If a child abuse concern exists and you have not reported it yet,
do this now by calling 1-800-362-2178


What is Child Abuse under Iowa Law?
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has the legal authority to conduct an assessment of child abuse when it is alleged that:

• The victim is a child.
• The child is subjected to one or more of the eight categories of child abuse defined in Iowa Code section 232.68:

  ◦ Physical abuse
  ◦ Mental injury
  ◦ Sexual abuse
  ◦ Child prostitution
  ◦ Presence of illegal drugs
  ◦ Denial of critical care
  ◦ Manufacturing or possession of a dangerous substances (defined in Iowa Code 232.2)
  ◦ Bestiality in the presence of a child

• The abuse is the result of the acts or omissions of the person responsible for the care of the child. 

For more detailed information about how these eight categories of child abuse are defined, visit the Iowa DHS website.