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AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC)


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The AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) program has been serving Iowa communities for nearly half of a decade. Administered through Iowa State University’s Child Welfare Research & Training Project, APPC members serve at a variety of host sites located across the state. Our members work to implement the four key strategies of Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC):

  • Shared Decision-Making: provide leadership for collaborative efforts that promote community responsibility for the safety and wellbeing 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 will be primarily responsible for strengthening their sites in relation to three priority areas: building community capacity; delivering information to service providers; and providing outreach and supports to parents/caregivers in a coordinated manner. APPC can achieve this, in part, by placing AmeriCorps members with CPPC sites throughout the state of Iowa in under-served, rural and urban, high-poverty areas. Members assist their site in implementing an intervention based on the CPPC theory of change.

The following stakeholders play an important role in supporting a high-quality AmeriCorps program as funding streams, visionaries, and resource providers:

  • The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) promotes volunteerism and community service throughout the state of Iowa. ICVS 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.
  • Communities Partnering to Protect 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.
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