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Children & Families of Iowa

A trait that we find desirable in our grantees is the ability to collaborate.  One of our partners, Children & Families of Iowa, is serving as a model for other non-profits in how collaboration can be key in obtaining and utilizing resources effectively.

Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is a private, nonprofit organization who recently formed a collaborative of organizations to strategically support children and families in Ottumwa and Wapello County. Children & Families of Iowa is dedicated to restoring hope, building futures and changing lives throughout Iowa. With offices in Ankeny, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Osceola and Ottumwa, CFI is restoring hope for victims of domestic violence, helping teens find their futures, creating safe homes for children, preparing children to succeed and helping people reshape their lives.

Funds received from the Legacy Foundation have supported many critical services offered, including programs aimed at parent mentoring, camp for youth at-risk of substance abuse, Substance Abuse Task Force Teen Advisory Committee, 24/7 Dads, Southern Iowa Mental Health Center Parent Child Interaction Therapy and strategic planning. These services are part of a collaboration convened by CFI, including The Children’s Alliance (Council for Prevention of Child Abuse in Wapello County), Drug Endangered Children, the Substance Abuse Task Force and Community Partnership for the Protection of Children (CPPC). The collaboration, known as Community Partnership for Protecting Children, has a vision that “every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy, safe and reach their full potential.”

We applaud the partnering organizations of Children & Families of Iowa not only for the essential services they provide to our community each and every day but for their commitment to work together for the betterment of the clients they serve,” stated Kelly Genners, Director of Community Leadership and Grant-making for the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation.

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