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Local Projects & Programs


Kids First Law Center

Kids First Law Center gives children a voice in divorce, custody, and other conflicts by providing focused legal representation and services for kids.

  • Child Advocacy

Kids First is appointed by the court to represent the child in high-conflict custody cases. In every case Kids attorneys work to reduce family conflict, strengthen family relationships, connect parents and kids to needed resources, and make children's voices heard.

  • Workshops for Kids

Kids First leads educational workshops for school-age children to help kids understand and cope with divorce.

Children have a safe place to talk with kids their age. Workshops invite participation through art, games, discussions, videos, and role plays.

Location: 2704 Fleur Dr. Des Moines, IA 50321 515-414-9562


To our Community Partners:

I am excited to share that CFI Northside Family Center has expanded therapy services. We have recently added two highly skilled trauma-informed therapists to our team. 

Trisha Broihahn is a Family Therapist at Children and Families of Iowa’s Northside location. She completed her undergraduate in Psychology at University of Wisconsin and graduated with her Masters of Social Work with Trauma-Informed Care Specialization at University of Northern Iowa. Trisha has experience working with individuals with acute and complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and victims of sexual assault. She implements a trauma-informed care approach and utilizes strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral, sensorimotor, and mindfulness techniques with her clients. Trisha currently has openings for children, adolescents, and adults.

Leah Vejzovic is a family therapist at Children & Families of Iowa's Northside location. She has an undergraduate from Luther College in Social Work and Masters of Social Work from University of Northern Iowa. Leah has extensive experience with the child welfare system, formerly worked as a domestic violence victim advocate and counselor for child and adult survivors, and worked in a residential psychiatric facility for children. Leah uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach in her work.  Areas of focus include complex trauma, depression, anxiety, military suicide loss, domestic violence, and other mental health needs. Leah currently has openings for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Families serviced at Northside Family Services have access to a comprehensive compassionate team of professionals providing services that focus on healing from trauma, mental health, domestic violence, and substance abuse needs. We serve individuals from zero through the lifespan with an array of services including trauma-informed therapy services, family therapy, couples therapy, play therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Extended Outpatient Substance Abuse treatment for adolescents and adults, OWI evaluations, and domestic violence advocacy. Referrals can be directed to Northside at (515) 266-6338.

As a reminder, although many of you are already familiar with our other Northside Team we have the following providers:

Danielle Ballard-Green, MSW, LMSW, CADC –therapist who is newly trained in CPP and EMDR.

Cabrie Claiser, CADC – Substance Abuse Counselor

Stacey Granger, BSW, CDAA- Domestic Violence Outreach Advocate

Renew Resale Shop has many of the things that families need

That includes very nice clothes from $1-$6 each, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and jackets.  Any individual or family that cannot afford to pay for everything can volunteer at the store and earn store credit.  Each individual that works can get $12 worth of merchandise credit for each hour he/she works.

We are located in Park Fair Mall (next to the furniture store on the west end), 100 E. Euclid Avenue, Suite 5 in Des Moines.  Families can also get great books, games, toys, baby things, household items, and furniture.  Our hours are Monday-Friday from 10:30 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.  We are closed on Sundays.

Pastor Philip Herman
Highland Park Community Church


Iowa Legal Aid – small business assistance available (includes non-profits!)


MOSAIC Family Counseling Center - Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to be a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, rapid response intervention for students and their families to help children and families have better success in school. Regardless of the difficulties, we are here to help! The Des Moines Public School System is partnering with MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center, Inc to deliver the services its students and their families need to help with current difficult behaviors and help families plan for successful outcomes for their children. Learn more HERE or Visit website HERE

ALSO Mosaic Family Counseling Center Inc is now offering medication management to children and adolescents. Learn more HERE (See 2nd page)



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