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If you suspect abuse or neglect call:

Iowa: 1-800-362-2178

Illinois: 1-800-252-2873

National: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)


Funding for this initiative has been provided through a cooperative agreement with The Children’s Bureau Regional Partnership Grants 5 (90CU0097-01-00)

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Did you know?

  • Substance use disorders have significant health consequences for children and families.

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs are not safe during pregnancy.

  • Substance use disorders interfere with the healthy functioning of families.

  • Multi-occuring health disorders, trauma, and domestic violence are all common when substance abuse disorders exist.

  • Treatment is effective when it focuses on the needs of the individual.

  • Children need a stable nurturing home free from the impact of substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental illness for healthy development to occur.

-Dr. Ira Chasnoff, NTI Upstream 


Located in Muscatine, the Mississippi Valley Family Resiliency team is one of three teams in the state of Iowa working collaboratively to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment services for children and families affected by parental substance use.

Project Goals

  • Deliver collaborative services for families and children affected by parental substance use.

  • Increase professional knowledge about the impact of substance exposure to enhance the effectiveness of treatment and services.

  • Conduct comprehensive assessments of developmental, neurological, behavioral, and psychological functioning of children.

  • Develop treatment plans that will enhance enrollment of substance exposed children and their families in necessary services.

  • Improve health outcomes for children and families affected by parental substance use.

  • Increase permanency and stability for children who are or are at risk of being place in out of home care. 



What to Expect

  • Caregivers will receive an intake packet, which includes various caregiver and child screenings, assessments, and consent forms. 

  • Children will participate in a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation with our partnering provider.

  • The transdisciplinary team will review the results and develop a comprehensive treatment plan with recommendations for appropriate services and care. 

  • Families may receive ongoing follow-up services with the program's Family Navigator. 

  • Caregivers will receive referrals to services (substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, community services,) as needed.


Who can refer?

Any entity or person from the community can refer a family into the program where a child or children have potentially been prenatally or environmentally exposed to alcohol and/or substance use.

Referrals can be made by calling the Family Resiliency Program Navigator at 563-275-9100