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DHS awards child abuse prevention grants

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

More than 100 community-based child abuse prevention programs have been selected for a total of $1.3 million in grants from the Iowa Department of Human Services.

The department announced that intent-to-award letters have been sent to 61 providers for a total of 121 projects covering 87 counties.

"These grants are designed to meet specific needs as identified by people on the front lines of child protection," said Wendy Rickman, administrator of the Adult, Child and Family Services division of the DHS.

"When these programs succeed, kids are kept safe and we prevent the need for government services after abuse or neglect has occurred," said Rickman.

The grants are for respite care, parent development, intensive outreach services (such as home visiting), sex abuse prevention, and community development.

The contracts will be administered by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, which has a separate contract with the DHS.

See the full list of grant recipients here.

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