The Iowa Parent Partner Evaluation is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the UNL Center on Children, Families, and the Law (UNL-CCFL). The partnership began in 2009 with the selection of Iowa DHS by the Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center, a cooperative agreement between the US/HHS/ACF/Children’s Bureau and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of 5 regional child welfare implementation centers that operated from 2008-2013. IDHS and UNL-CCFL continued their partnership after federal funding ended until the present day.
Through the MCWIC project, UNL-CCFL assisted IDHS in the further design, development, funding, implementation, and evaluation of their pioneering work in the child welfare system. Iowa Parent Partners connects parents with lived experience in the child welfare system (Parent Partners) with parents that have recently had their children removed. As the name implies the Parent Partners work with the parents and partner with them as their guides and mentors to help them address the circumstances which led to the removal and facilitate reunification as quickly, safely, and as permanently as possible.