Iowa Department of Human Services. A Brief Overview. Vision. The Iowa Department of Human Services makes a positive difference in the lives of Iowans we serve through effective and efficient leadership, excellence, and teamwork. Mission. Safety Permanency . Mission.
A Brief Overview
The Iowa Department of Human Services makes a positive difference in the lives of Iowans we serve through effective and efficient leadership, excellence, and teamwork.
Child Care Assistance
Services to Strengthen and Support Families
Iowa Juvenile Home (Toledo)
State Training School (Eldora)
Criteria for Assessment
Constitutional Right to Privacy
The Department shall receive child abuse reports from mandatory, permissive, and anonymous reporters.
Child Abuse Criteria - “3 Cs”
**MUST BE DONE IN 20 BUSINESS DAYS**
Two Types of Legal Proceedings:
Civil and Criminal
Juvenile Court falls under Civil
Hearing must be held within 10 days. (Some courtrooms are now doing them within 5 business days)
The Court may:
1. Adjudicate based
on CINA grounds
2. Dismiss petition
made by the Department.
At least every six months following the disposition, the court case is reviewed and the progress or lack of progress that has been made in the family is assessed.
These are held when the direction of the case needs to be changed, or the circumstances change.
This hearing can be held at any time in the case following the Disposition.Review/Modification Hearings
At a Permanency hearing the judge may make one of three decisions. 1) The child returns home. 2) The case is forwarded to a Termination of Parental Rights hearing. 3) Or, the child remains in care.Permanency Hearings
1. If an infant has been abandoned.
2. If the parent has committed any of the felonies included in the previous provisions. OR
3. If the child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months.