FY17 Child Abuse Data

The Iowa Departmet of Human Servics has released the most current child abuse data.


Child Abuse Data

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Mothers and Babies Study – Free Gift Cards!

Partners in Family Development is participating in a study which offers participants $60 in gift cards for completing a couple of surveys over the course of their pregnancy. They are nearing the end of the study timeframe and have ten weeks left to enroll participants.


Below is information that any expectant woman in Adair, Dallas, Madison and/or Warren counties can take advantage of. She must be at least 16 years of age, speak either English or Spanish and be no more than 34 weeks pregnant. Below is the referral form and brochure.  Contact Jovanka Westbrook if you have any questions at:

Partners in Family Development
515 N. Jefferson Suite F
Indianola, Iowa 50125
(515) 962-1020 (office)
(515) 250-8534 (cell)

Referal Form

Mothers and Babies Study Brochure

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Who’s running for office?

The 2018 election will be here before you know it.  A list of candidates for Iowa Senate and Iowa House in Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County has been created.  You can dowload the Election List.

Additionally, if you would like to see all candidates in Iowa go to the Secretary of State’s website, https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/candidates/primarycandidatelist.pdf

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Childhood Trauma – Oprah Winfrey

60 Minutes aired an episode on childhood trauma. Oprah Winfrey declared this one of the most eye opening and life changing stories she has ever done. Watch it here if you missed It.

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There is fantastic data available from the Iowa Data Center.  Check out the links below

For County Quick Facts -go here.

For City Quick Facts – go here.


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Parents in the Workforce Data

The U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates (2012-2016) has issued data regarding the perecnt of households with children under age 6 with all parents in the workforce as well as the percent of households with children ages 6 -17 with all parents in the household in the labor force.

Below is a spreadsheet for each county.


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2-1-1 Counts

2-1-1 Counts is a web-based tool to provide real-time, searchable, and visual presentations of data about community-specific needs of vulnerable populations. 2-1-1 Counts displays a count of 2-1-1 callers’ most pressing needs in usable form and reports data at the ZIP code, region, or call center level as recently as yesterday.  2-1-1 Counts enables users to check trends, make comparisons, and share information.

2-1-1 Counts enriches the dialogue in communities – especially among leaders – by calling attention to a wide range of factors that compromise the health and well-being of poor individuals and families.

Click here to see the most pressing needs in your community.




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Poverty Guidelines

Below are the new federal poverty guidelines.

Federal poverty guidelines 18

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Mobile Food Pantrys

A mobile pantry is a farmer’s market style distribution targeted toward county’s with a need for additional pantry service. Mobile pantries provide an additional strategy toward bridging the food assistance gap, specifically in rural counties by providing an additional access point for food. For a current list of mobile food pantries visit Food Bank of Iowa.

Currently, there are mobile food pantries in Dallas, Madison, and Warren County.  Also see the Mobile Food Pantry Fact Sheet.

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Child Abuse Data

The most recent child abuse data for Iowa is now available on the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa website.


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Preschool Scholarships Available

Preschool Scholarships are available for children living in Adair, Dallas, Madison or Warren County. The Preschool Scholarships are located on the Warren County ISU Extension website or you can click Preschool Scholarships.


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The 5th Annual Appreciation Reception was held December 3, 2015 at Annelise Winery just east of Indianola.  The community, service providers, parents of young children and policy makers were in attendance.  We had the opportunity to hear the difference the 4 R Kids ECI funding makes with families and local programs.   A big thank you goes to Executive Director Jovanka Westbrook of Partners in Family Development for videotaping this special evening.

Family Support Services Testimonial – Parent Adrian McNew provided sincere testimonial and grateful thanks about the family support services her family received from Partners in Family Development. Here is the video.

Dental Services Testimonial – I-Smiles Coordinator from Warren County Public Health, Sarah Peterson provided a moving story about a four year old preschooler who was identified with severe tooth decay. Be sure to have a tissue handy as this is a tear jerker.  Here is the video.

Preschool Scholarship Testimonial – Pauline Samuelson received 4 R Kids ECI preschool scholarships and provided sincere testimonial. Dallas County Extension facilitates the preschool scholarships and other preschool supportive services. Here is the video.

Child Care Nurse Consultants Testimonial – The child care nurse consultants from New Opportunities and Warren County Health Services provided testimonials about nursing services provided to child care providers and preschools. Here is the video.

Why Early Childhood Matters – Shanell Wagler, office of Early Childhood Iowa, provided a moving closing for the evening as to why early childhood matters and the investment payoff for the future.

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Iowa Ranks 8th

The Opportunity Index is designed to provide a snapshot of what opportunity looks like at the state and county levels. The Index focuses on the conditions present in different communities and is designed to help local communities connect economic, academic, civic and other factors that support increased opportunity and economic mobility. More than 2,600 counties are graded A-F, giving policy makers and leaders a useful tool to identify areas of improvement and to gauge progress over time.  All 50 states are also ranked and Iowa ranked 8 of 50. Go to Opportunity Nation to find out how your county rates.

Below are documents for Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County as well as the state of Iowa.





Opportunity-Index-2015-Fact-Sheet-IOWA 10-6-15

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