For all Iowa’s children to succeed, they need advocates fighting on their behalf. Since 1974 Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has been advocating on behalf of Iowa children and families, supporting common-sense legislation at the state and federal level.
PCA Iowa has a statewide network of experts committed to a stronger, healthier Iowa. Our agenda is detailed, feasible and makes Iowa a better place to raise children.
Our work engages a broad coalition of stakeholders including local child abuse prevention councils, prevention providers and strategic partners aligned with our mission.
Effective policies, appropriate funding and community awareness of child abuse prevention increases the likelihood a child will grow up in a safe and healthy community.
The fight to prevent child abuse is never over. As long as there are laws, PCA Iowa will push for them to better protect children and families. Our initiatives change but our goal is always the same: a safer Iowa.
Last Year, Our Advocacy Initiatives Led to
for 5-year renewal of federal funding for parent education programs
1 hour of training required for all Iowa teachers to learn about trauma informed practices to support students.
increase in employment among primary caregivers
Legislative Priorities: 2019
Change state code to require homeschooling parents to register with their district superintendents.
Revise Mandatory Reporting Guidelines
Adopt the recommendations developed by the mandatory reporter work group.
Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy
Enact legislation that would create a sexual abuse prevention policy for Iowa’s children.
Promote Child and Family Resilience
Creation of policy and legislation that would promote child and family resilience.
How to Be an Advocate:
Make a Donation
Support our mission through a financial contribution. Help make a child, family, school or community stronger.Donate
Contact a Legislator
Our representatives are here to listen to us. Let yours know that strengthening our community against child abuse is important to you.Reach Out
Learn About Prevention
Effective prevention is a community effort. Educate yourself on ways to help recognize abuse and ways to prevent it.Attend A Training