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Polk County, Iowa has been a Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) site since 2003 with the goal of reducing disproportionality in the child welfare system.

A steering committee was initially formed to guide the work of the Polk County CPPC site and today the group operates with 4 core strategy teams and valuable contributions from additional participants at large. 

A Coordinator is assigned to facilitate the group's meetings, arrange community based Family Team Meetings,lead planning for events and activities, and to recruit participation from a variety of community sectors.

The current Polk CPPC Coordinator is Kerry Williams.

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Polk County's CPPC meetings are a venue for exchanging information about local resources by blending the expertise & perspective of professionals & community members. These meetings are also an opportunity to learn about non-DHS community based Family Team Meetings and other family strengthening resources that can be available to vulnerable children and their families earlier, before a crisis occurs.

2017 Meeting Schedule
Agenda for Next Meeting Minutes from Last Meeting

Polk County CPPC Brochure

Polk County's CPPC Strategy Teams meet at various times throughout each month  at the Polk County River Place building - 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines. Meetings are always open to the public.


How Do I Become Involved?
CPPC is made up of a broad base of individuals and organizations in the community who are willing to devote their time, talent, leadership, and resources to increasing families' protective factors and preventing child abuse and neglect before it occurs. Broadly, our mission is to strengthen families & protect children.

Participation is open to anyone in the community who wants to help; you may attend meetings as a professional representative of an organization that provides services and supports to vulnerable families or as a concerned member of the public not affiliated with an organization. All are welcome!

Typical partners Include:

  • Teachers and other Education Professionals
  • School Counselors and School Social Workers
  • Business Leaders
  • Faith Community Leaders
  • Dept. of Human Services Workers
  • Public and Private Human Services Providers
  • Students or Student Organizations
  • Public Health Services Providers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Concerned community members not affiliated with an organization

Can't Make it to the Meetings?
The CPPC approach extends beyond just attending meetings, so there are a variety of ways that community members can contribute to supporting strong families even when they can't make it to the meetings.  

  • Subscribe to the "Polk CPPC Resources" emails for current, local information about professional resources, family supports, community events and more
  • Make referrals for community based Family Team Meetings
  • Offer support when you learn about a family that has hit a rough patch: a listening ear, babysitting, a meal, even the simplest things help!
  • Volunteer at community events that bring families together and create positive experiences
    • HERE is a list of acronyms commonly used by the Department of Human Services and other child welfare professionals. 
    • Do you have an upcoming family friendly event? Click HERE for an application for funding assistance.  

The Four Strategies

1.  Individualized Course of Action (the Family Team Meeting process)

  • Works with the Iowa Dept. of Human Services & select community partners to strengthen and expand the use of quality Community-Based Family Team Meetings:
  • Engages families to identify strengths, resources and supports to reduce their barriers and help them succeed
  • Educates partners and promotes best practices for community based Family Team Meetings

2.  Neighborhood/Community Networking

  • Are you well connected? Do you want to be? Neighborhood & Community Networking is the strategy team for you!
  • We increase community awareness of CPPC's areas of emphasis, works in progress, success stories, in addtion to communicating community needs & resources back to the Team & on to other stakeholders!
  • Build effective, meaningful relationships through storytelling & leadership devleopment opportunites!
  • Help define, host, & promote relevant events, presentations learning exchages to boost community knowledge & support of our programs!

3.  Policy & Practice Change

  • Utilizes data and insights from community members to identify needs for changes to child welfare policy and practice
  • Seeks to reduce barriers and increase relevance of services to yield positive family outcomes
  • Implements and evaluates changes to the child welfare system

4.  Shared Decision Making

  • Executive committee of Polk County’s CPPC providing leadership and direction for the 4 strategy teams
  • Communicates community strengths & gaps to Decat Steering Committee, and helps influence & develop plans to nurture strengths & address gaps.
  • Agrees on performance measures, evaluates outcomes and shares accountability for outcomes

For more information about CPPC in the state of Iowa, visit the statewide CPPC website.