Child Welfare Emergency Services

Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES) are short term and temporary child welfare interventions provided through the child welfare system.  They focus on children’s safety, permanence, and well-being and are intended to immediately respond to the needs of the eligible target population.  CWES approaches range from the least restrictive “crisis interventions” that can be used -- e.g., family conflict mediations or in-home services provided before children require removal from their home -- to more restrictive “emergency” child welfare services including out-of-home placements with relatives, foster families, or emergency juvenile shelter care (as permitted by the Iowa Code).  Eligible children are referred by the Iowa Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court Services, and law enforcement.