Community Partnership for Protecting Children Cedar County

CPPC Cedar County has been a program of ISU Extension and Outreach since 2014.  Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) is a community-based approach to child protection. Partnerships work to prevent child abuse, neglect, and re-abuse, safely decrease the number of out-of-home placements, and promote timely reunification when children are placed in foster care. Community members, professionals, and families work together to develop and implement local programs, services, supports, and policies that positively impact families and protect children from abuse. The long term focus of the Community Partnerships is to protect children by changing the culture to improve child welfare processes, practices, and policies. The Community Partnership approach involves four key strategies; shared decision making, neighborhood networking, individualized course of action, and policy and practice change, which are implemented together to achieve desired results.

CPPC Cedar County Director: Dionne Daedlow,, 563-886-6157


How Do I Become Involved?

CPPC is made up of a broad base of individuals and organizations in the community who are willing to devote their time, talent, leadership and resources to increasing families' protective factors and preventing child abuse and neglect before it occurs.
Participation is open to anyone in the community who wants to help; you may attend meetings as a professional representative of an organization that provides services and supports to vulnerable families or as a concerned member of the public not affiliated with an organization. All are welcome!  Contact Dionne to find out the next meeting date!
CPPC Mini Grant Application - The Cedar County Community Partnership for Protecting Children (CPPC) accepts mini grant applications throughout the fiscal year, which runs July to June. Proposals must show alignment with Cedar County CPPC’s mission to prevent child abuse, neglect, re-abuse, safely decrease the number of out-of-home placements, and promote timely reunification when children are placed in foster care. This can also include education/training on culture and health risks that affect those youth at risk.


Online Resources
Iowa DHS COVID-19 Resource Website
Resources regarding food assistance, Medicaid, foster care, childcare, mental health and several other DHS services have information and guidelines available on this webpage, please check back as the situation continues to evolve and information is updated
Iowa Department of Public Health-COVID-19 Information
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
-CDC Web page on face mask covering information.
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Compilation of resources related to COVID-19 related to staying healthy and connected to necessary resources and supports.
Virtual support groups, mental health crisis line, webinars and other useful resources to support mental health.
Iowa’s Healthiest State- Resources for staying healthy at home and mental health resources/strategies.
Your Life Iowa- Resources regarding alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts. Chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help.
Please Pass the Love-Mental health resources for youth, families and schools.  Crisis chat available, virtual programming schedule such as live book reading for elementary students, art programs and virtual hang out for youth.
BeStrong Families- Resources on protective factors, virtual Parent Café opportunities, and daily lunchtime webinars.
Iowa’s Community Partnership approach grew from initial work in Cedar Rapids in 1995 and now encompasses the entire state. Several new policy and practice changes in Iowa have been promoted, piloted and implemented through Community Partnership efforts. Family Team Decision-Making, Parent Partners and Iowa Youth Dream Teams are examples of these efforts. Trainings, professional development opportunities, and train the trainer programs have been developed and implemented to support improved practices and ensure quality and consistency across the state. State and regional networking opportunities, workshops and forums create an on-going learning community of stakeholders.

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