Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES)
Our crisis response unit will work with providers (JCS, DHS, Law Enforcement, Schools) and families to work through a crisis without requiring out-of-home placement. We will initiate these services promptly after referral and could include:

  • Risk/Safety Assessment (over the telephone, in-person or on unit)
  • Meeting with families in their home or at our location during a crisis
  • Helping families and children de-escalate/calm down during stressful situations
  • Developing a safety plan
  • Looking for alternatives to ES Shelter placement
  • Assisting with referrals and resources
  • Coordination with other providers and agencies
  • Discharge planning (if the youth is admitted to the ES Shelter)
  • Follow-up with families to ensure continued success

Child Welfare Emergency Shelter
Our Child Welfare Emergency Shelter provides emergency, short-term care for youth needing placement outside the home as well as respite care. It is licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services. The Emergency Services Shelter is a safe setting where youth may be placed for a number of reasons:

  • Situations were the youth's health or safety may be compromised
  • Delinquent behaviors
  • Runaway behaviors
  • Truancy
  • Homelessness
  • Complications with mental health issues
  • Difficulties at home or school
  • Struggling with a variety of different circumstances