Child Abuse Prevention Program Advisory Committee


The role of the CAPPAC, 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 CAPPAC and the ICAPP program.


For State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-2020, 40 Community-Based Organizations or “Councils” serving 56 of Iowa’s 99 counties, were awarded a total of 56 unique service contracts under ICAPP. For the first time, the procurement of services under ICAPP was combined with the procurement of services under the federal CBCAP (Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention) grant.  Previously these two funding opportunities were implemented separately. The merger will help to maximize funding and reduce duplication.    

Services funded under the program 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.  Funds were awarded through local Councils for the following types of services:

  • Community Development - public awareness and community needs assessments
  • Home Visitation Services - voluntary evidence-based home-visiting models
  • Parent Development - parent support, education, and leadership
  • Crisis Care Services - short term child care services for families in crisis situations
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention - healthy sexual development, and adult/child focused instruction

The CAPPAC 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. We are looking to fill up to four new positions by the end of this calendar year. Individuals interested in serving on the Child Abuse Prevention Program Advisory Committee must submit a completed membership application by Monday, May 18, 2020.

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