Child Welfare Partners Committee


The Child Welfare Partners Committee (CWPC) was established in December 2008, and is comprised of a Steering Committee and various work groups. The Steering Committee provides overall guidance and leadership to the partners work groups. The Steering Committee and work groups focus on the full range of child welfare contracted services.
The CWPC Steering Committee sets the tone for the collaborative public-private work groups and ensures coordination of messages, activities, and products with those of other stakeholder groups. The CWPC will act on work group recommendations, test new practices/strategies, and continually evaluate and, as needed, refine its approaches.
The Steering Committee and its work groups will include both Contractor (private) and DHS (public) representatives. Private representatives will reflect both Coalition and Non-Coalition members. The Steering Committee will have seven each of public and private members, the work groups will vary and will often include stakeholders from other sectors based on the specific work group focus.


Both the public and private child welfare agencies have critical roles to play in meeting the needs of Iowas children and families. A stronger public-private partnership is essential to achieve positive results. The children and families we jointly serve deserve no less than our best collaborative effort.


The combined experience and perspective of public and private agencies provide the best opportunity to reach our mutual goals: child safety, permanency and well-being for Iowas children and families. Collaboration and shared accountability will keep the focus on child welfare outcomes.


The Child Welfare Partners Committee promotes, practices, and models the way for effective collaboration and system improvements. This committee exists because both public and private agencies recognize the need for a strong partnership to advance the child welfare system through shared decision-making and solution-focused actions to positively impact the lives of children and families in Iowa. 


The Partners Steering Committee and Work Groups will operate in a manner that is consistent with the following guiding principles:
  • Courtesy & Respect
  • Honesty & Confidentiality
  • Balance competing priorities & manage inevitable conflicts of interest
  • Strive for consensus
  • Present a united front




Meeting Notes 2021 2020          2019 2018 2017
January 1.14.21 1.9.20 No Meeting 1.11.18 1.12.17
February 2.11.21 2.13.20 2.14.19 2.8.18 2.9.17
March 3.11.21 3.12.20 No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting
April 4.15.21 4.29.20 4.11.19 4.12.18 No Meeting
May 5.20.21 5.14.20 5.7.19 5.10.18 5.11.17
June 6.10.21 6.11.20 No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting
July 7.8.21 7.9.20 7.11.19 7.12.18 7.13.17
August 8.12.21 No Meeting 8.8.19 8.9.18 No Meeting
September 9.9.21 9.3.20 9.12.19 No Meeting No Meeting
October 10.14.21 10.8.20 10.10.19 10.11.18 10.12.17
November 11.18.21 11.12.20 11.14.19 11.8.18 No Meeting
December   12.10.20 No Meeting No Meeting 12.14.17