Community Partnerships for Protecting Children: For Contractors

(Also see: Community Partnerships for Protecting Children: For Families)

Overview

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) is a community-based framework for child protection. Partnerships work to prevent child abuse, neglect, re-abuse, safely decrease the number of out-of-home placements, and promote timely reunification when children are placed in foster care. The long term focus of the Community Partnerships is to protect children by changing the culture to improve child welfare processes, practices, and policies. The Community Partnership approach involves four key strategies which are implemented together to achieve desired results.
 
Strategies
 
  • Shared Decision-Making: Provide leadership for collaborative efforts that promote community responsibility for the safety and well-being of children.
  • Community and Neighborhood Networking: Promote cooperation and form alliances to provide more accessible and relevant informal and professional supports, services and resources for families whose children are at risk of abuse and neglect.
  • Individualized Course of Action (Family Team and Youth Transitioning Decision-Making): 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.
Guiding Principles 
 
  • Parents and youth need to be full partners in shaping supports and services for themselves and their communities. 
  • Children should be with their own families, whenever possible. 
  • Families are stronger when all members, including caregivers, are safe from abuse. 
  • There is no substitute for strong families to ensure that children and youth grow up to be capable adults. 
  • Families need supportive communities to help them be strong and offer a sense of belonging. 
  • Children can best be kept safe when families, friends, residents, and organizations work together as partners. 
  • Services and supports need to be closely linked to the communities in which families live. 
  • Government alone, through the Department of Human Services (DHS) agency, cannot keep children safe from abuse and neglect. 
  • Efforts to reduce abuse and neglect must be closely linked to broader community initiatives and priorities.
     

Who Qualifies

Each CPPC Shared Decision-Making Team identifies specific needs and gaps in services/supports unique to their community and works address these issues. CPPC efforts focus on strengthening and assisting families who have children 0-18. Community members and child welfare partners may be involved in all aspects of CPPC.
 

Learn more

To learn more or to get involved with CPPC, contact Julie Clark-Albrecht, at jclarka@dhs.state.ia.us or 515-281-7269.
 

Resources

FAQs

Question: What is Community Partnership for Protecting Children?

Answer: Community Partnerships for Protecting Children is a community-based approach to child protection. Partnerships work to prevent child abuse, neglect, re-abuse, safely decrease the number of out-of-home placements, and promote timely reunification when children are placed in foster care. The long term focus of the Community Partnerships is to protect children by changing the culture to improve child welfare processes, practices, and policies. A whole host of factors contribute to child well-being, permanence, and safety.
 
Community Partnerships for Protecting Children are positioned to play an important role in continuing to improve these outcomes through the enhancement of community resources and implementation of the four strategies: Neighborhood and Community Networking, Shared
Decision Making, Individualized Course of Action, and Policy and Practice Change. These strategies are focused on changing child welfare cultural response by engaging communities, families, youth, and agencies to work as partners.
 
Q: When was CPPC implemented across the state?
 
A: CPPC was fully implemented statewide by 2007.  
 
Q: What are some of the benefits of implementing CPPC?
 
A: Several new policy and practice changes in Iowa have been promoted, piloted and implemented through Community Partnership efforts. Family Team Decision-Making, Parent Partners, and Youth Transition Decision Making are examples of these efforts. Trainings, professional development opportunities, and train the trainer programs have been developed and implemented to support improved practices and ensure quality and consistency across the state. State and regional networking opportunities, workshops and forums create an on-going learning community of stakeholders. 
 
Q: What are the four CPPC strategies and what is purpose of each strategy?
 
A: The four CPPC strategies are:
 
  • Shared Decision-Making. Purpose: Provide leadership for collaborative efforts that promote community responsibility for the safety and well-being of children.
  • Neighborhood and Community Networking. Purpose: Promote cooperation and form alliances to provide more accessible and relevant informal and professional supports, services and resources for families whose children are at risk of abuse and neglect.
  • Individualized Course of Action (utilizing Family Team Decision Making and Youth Transition Decision Making Meetings). Purpose: Genuinely engage with families and youth to identify strengths, resources and supports to reduce barriers and help families succeed.
  • Policy and Practice Change. Purpose: Improve policies and practices to reduce barriers and increase accessibility and relevance of services that lead to positive family outcomes.
     

Contract Information

Current Contract Term
Annually - July 1 through June 30
 
Rates and Payments
Each of the decategorization areas is allocated $20,000 annually. 
 
Procurement
All procurements are administered through local decategorization.