Healthy Henry County Communities Receives Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Efforts

Written by Theresa Rose on August 25, 2015

Healthy Henry County Communities (HHCC) has received a $7231 grant from the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) to continue providing group parenting classes through the Family Connection. Group classes offer parents a chance to share both their concerns and their joys with other parents while learning valuable information about child development.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa administers ICAPP through a contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services. Programs supported through ICAPP help families and communities receive the support, education and resources they need to create safe, nurturing environments for their children.

The Family Connection provides an early childhood educational program designed to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, parents, and their children. They provide family support through personal visits as well as the group classes to help parents learn how to make good choices for their children. This is a free program offered in English and Spanish through ISU Extension and Outreach in partnership with Healthy Henry County Communities and Early Childhood Iowa. The goal is to make sure that every parent has the tools they need to raise healthy children.

“We are excited to partner with leaders like Healthy Henry County Communities and the Family Connection who are dedicated to strengthening families and communities across the state,” said Abby Patterson, ICAPP director at PCA Iowa. “Their efforts ensure that more children in Iowa grow up to reach their full potential and as a result, create a stronger future for our state overall.”

“The ICAPP grant will allow the Family Connection to sustain this important element of the family support they provide,” said Kelly Carr, HHCC Coordinator. “This opportunity will have a huge impact on our community as we lay the foundation for more children to develop into healthy, productive adults.”

Nearly $1.3 million will be distributed to 108 child abuse prevention projects in 72 Iowa counties through ICAPP this fiscal year. ICAPP funding comes from federal and state appropriations and birth certificate fees. Iowans also give more than $65,000 each year to ICAPP services through donations to Child Abuse Prevention on the state income tax return form.

For more information about ICAPP, visit For more information about the programs of HHCC, visit

About Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Since 1975, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has served its mission of leading child abuse prevention efforts in Iowa through advocacy, awareness and assistance. It is the only statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and the only consistent voice for child abuse prevention during the state legislative session. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa manages state and federal grant programs, which contribute financial support to community groups that provide services to families. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is based in Des Moines, but has partnerships in nearly every county throughout Iowa. It is an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America. For more information, call (800) CHILDREN or visit