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. PCA Iowa will continue to advocate for laws and policy to better protect children and families. Our initiatives may change but our goal is always the same: a safer Iowa.
Recently, Our Advocacy Initiatives Led to
mandatory reporters in Iowa having a consistent, comprehensive system to educate and train in identifying and reporting concerns of child wellbeing.
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.
Legislative Priorities: 2021
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Enact legislation that would require schools to implement sexual abuse prevention practices.
Children's Mental Health
Provide adequate, sustainable, and predictable funding for the mental health system throughout the lifespan.
Support for Families
Ensure funding support for programs that strengthen families and increase protective factors against child abuse and neglect.
Child Wellbeing System
Ensure that the Departments of Human Services and Public Health have the resources required to maintain and improve the quality of the child welfare system.
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 elected 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