Child Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee


The role of the CAPAC, formerly known as the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), is to assist the Department in the planning and implementation of the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP), the Iowa Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) foremost approach to the prevention of child maltreatment. The duties of the advisory committee, as outlined in Iowa Code §217.3A, include all of the following:
  • Advise the director of human services and the administrator of the division of the department of human services responsible for child and family programs regarding expenditures of funds received for the child abuse prevention program.
  • Review the implementation and effectiveness of legislation and administrative rules concerning the child abuse prevention program.
  • Recommend changes in legislation and administrative rules to the general assembly and the appropriate administrative officials.
  • Require reports from state agencies and other entities as necessary to perform its duties.
  • Receive and review complaints from the public concerning the operation and management of the child abuse prevention program.
  • Approve grant proposals.

Click here for a brief overview of the CAPAC and the ICAPP program.


For State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2013, 61 Community-Based Volunteer Coalitions or “Councils”, serving 87 of Iowa’s 99 counties, were awarded a total of 121 unique service contracts under ICAPP. Services are especially geared toward families with one or more risk factors for abuse, such as young parents, families at or near poverty, families parenting a child with a disability, families with young children (0-5 years), and families with a history of abuse/neglect, mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence.
In SFY 2013, funds were awarded to local Councils for the following types of services:
  • Community Development—public awareness, community needs assessments, and community engagement
  • Parent Development—parent support, education, and leadership
  • Outreach and Follow-up Services—voluntary home-visiting and resource/referral
  • Respite/Crisis Care Services—short term child care services for families at risk
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention—healthy sexual development, and adult/child focused instruction
The CAPAC reviewed all proposal scores, along with comments provided by an independent team of evaluators, before making the final award recommendations to the IDHS Adult, Child and Family Services (ACFS) Administrator. 


Members of the Child Abuse Prevention Program Advisory Committee (CAPPAC) are appointed by the Council on Human Services. Membership includes representatives of child abuse prevention service providers, service consumers, and others who have training or knowledge related to child abuse prevention services. 
Full membership for this committee was confirmed in December 2017. At this time the Department is not accepting applications for new members.

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