Keeping Families Intact

For more information contact:
Jan Shelman
Program Director


400 S. Broadway Street
Burlington, IA
(319) 752-4000
E-mail: email



Family Team Meeting

Family Team Meeting Facilitation started in 2010 provides a comprehensive process for engaging families upon entry into the child welfare system. The Family Team Meeting includes parents, children, extended family members, and support persons as defined by the family to find strength-based, permissible solutions to situations that the family is currently engaged in.

The Young House Family Services Facilitator is a neutral person, who organizes, prepares for, conducts, and reports on all activities involved in a Family Team Meeting. These services are provided through a contract with Young House Family Services and the Iowa Department of Human Services. Young House Family Services currently has 3 Family Team Meeting Facilitators who facilitate Family Team Decision Making Meetings for DHS in Quad County area including Louisa, Des Moines, Henry and Lee County.


Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES)
Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES) started in 2009 provides an on-call Crisis Intervention Specialist for police departments to help with family conflicts that have escalated to the point an intervention is necessary. The Crisis Interventionist assesses the nature of the crisis and deploys immediate de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques. A safety plan is developed and the family is provided referral information on additional community resources and supports. The primary goal is to keep the family intact with safety measures in place.




Young House Family Services
400 S. Broadway
Burlington, Iowa 52601
fax: (319) 758-6650
E-mail: email


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