Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program

The Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) was established by the Iowa Legislature in 1982. ICAPP receives approximately $1.3 million in funding annually through a variety of federal, state, and other funding streams. ICAPP funds are distributed through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process, and grants are awarded every two years on the state fiscal year cycle (July 1 through June 30). Grant award amounts are recommended by an independent grant review committee. The next RFP will not be released until January/February 2018.

ICAPP funds may only be distributed to local child abuse prevention councils, which are defined as "a group of persons who, by consensus of a community's human services providers, represent the community's interest in child abuse prevention and serve as representatives without compensation." Councils are to determine the appropriate child abuse prevention needs in their communities and apply for funds to help address those needs.

ICAPP funds support the following services:

  • Community Development – Projects educate and inform community members about child abuse and its prevention.
  • Home Visitation – Meets parents in their home to provide parenting education information and access to community resources.
  • Parent Development – Focuses on parenting techniques and age-appropriate behaviors while creating an informal, supportive network among attendees.
  • Respite Care Services – Provides parents an educational environment for their children while they receive temporary relief from care giving responsibilities before stress can become overwhelming.
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention – Educates parents, community members and children about sexual abuse and how to prevent it.

Please direct any questions about ICAPP to, ICAPP Director, Abby Patterson.

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