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Coalition for Family and Children Services in Iowa
The Coalition for Family and Children Services in Iowa represents 34 private and county agencies that annually serve over 100,k000 at-risk children and families. Member agencies work in the areas of child abuse and neglect, delinquency, substance abuse, and behavioral and mental health. The Coalition advocates for the continuous improvement of the quality of life for children and families and assists in providing a continuum of professional services to achieve this improvement.


Iowa AIRS is a statewide association of Information and Referral providers committed to providing quality information and referral services in the State of Iowa. Iowa AIRS is a supporter of the national 2-1-1 information and referral initiative. Contact Iowa AIRS c/o First Call for Help, 2116 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50310, Tel: (515) 246-6555.

Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation
The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation is an agency actively working to assist collaborative efforts between researchers, policy makers, providers of substance prevention and treatment services, and consumers of those services. The Consortium is located at 100 Oakdale Campus M317 OH, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-5000, Tel: (319) 335-4488, Fax: (319) 335-4484

Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

This membership organization provides assistance and advocacy for families with children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Based in Anamosa, families can contact IFFCMH at 1-888-400-6302. The business office can be contacted at 319-462-2187.

Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association
The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA) recruits and retains quality foster and adoptive families by promoting support, training and public awareness in conjunction with other public and private organizations. IFAPA is a membership organization actively involved in providing peer support for foster and adoptive parents throughout the state.

Iowa Mentoring Partnership
The Iowa Mentoring Partnership (IMP) is Iowa's first attempt to create a statewide network that will allow mentoring programs and providers within Iowa to become aware of each other's programs and strengths. The IMP mission is to serve as an advocate of and resource for mentoring programs across the state of Iowa.

Iowa Peace Institute

The Iowa Peace Institute exists to enable people to improve working relationships by helping them learn more productive patterns of communication and approaches to conflict. It fosters appropriate and peaceful resolution of conflict by providing mediation and facilitation services, education and training, and building collaborations with other organizations.

Iowa Protection and Advocacy

The Iowa Protection and Advocacy provides advocacy services for people, including children and youth, with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. They can be reached at 1-800-779-2502.

Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center
The Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center is the state's clearinghouse for educational materials available to parents, teachers, children, and others. Housed at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, ISAIC publishes a quarterly newsletter and responds to individual requests for information. ISAIC can be reached at: (800) 247-0614

ISU Extension
ISU Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning oppertunities to improve the quality of life in Iowa. Programs and services in the area of Youth and 4-H, Families, and Communities are offered from the state office at Iowa State University and from county offices throughout Iowa.

Institute for Character Development
Evolving from the Legacy Project of Iowa's Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Institute for Character Development (ICD) is housed as a grant-funded institute at Drake University in Des Moines. ICD is a non-profit organization funded through fee-based training, grants, corporate support and personal charitable gifts.

National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
Located at the University of Iowa, the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice provides technical assistance, staff training, research and evaluation, and library research on family-based programs and issues. These services are provided to public and private human services agencies in state, counties, and communities across the United States.

Parent Training and Information

PTI of Iowa provides information, training and support to parents regarding special education issues. They can be reached at 1-800-450-8667.

Training Resources
Training Resources, a Division of the Iowa Substance Abuse Program Director's Association (ISAPDA), is an Iowa-based non-profit organization serving professionals working in substance abuse and other helping professions. Training Resources plans, develops, coordinates, and facilitates all types of quality training and educational opportunities for the professional. Most trainings offer substance abuse, social work, nursing, mental health, and marital and family therapists continuing education units (CEU's). They can be reached at (319) 363-2531.

Youth Law Center
Located in Des Moines, the Youth Law Center is a full-service nonprofit law office for children, combining the skills of specially trained and experienced attorneys and caseworkers to help victimized and troubled children.