University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has a long tradition of providing services for suspected victims of child abuse and neglect.

The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program assesses victims of alleged physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and neglect as well as those who may have experienced childhood trauma. The mission of our program is to promote the safety, protection, and well-being of children and their supportive family members through the coordination of child assessments, family well-being assessments, trauma-informed therapy services to both children and their caretakers, child and family education, patient support, and prevention services.

If you suspect a child is being abused or assaulted, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178. If there is some immediate danger to the child please call 911.

Inpatient Consultation Services

When a child is admitted to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital for any reason and there is a concern of child abuse or neglect, the child protection team provides inpatient and consultation services.

If the child protection team reaches a consensus that there may be abuse and/or neglect, a multidisciplinary team of child protection program staff, your child’s physicians, other UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital staff (as needed), staff from the Iowa Department of Human Services, and law enforcement officials will work together to ensure your child’s well-being and safety.

Victims of sexual assault are most commonly assessed in the emergency room. Children age 12 and younger, as well as those who have not shown signs of puberty, are assessed by the child protection team. Children age 13 and older who display the signs of puberty are assessed by sexual assault response team nurses.

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-356-7880

Care Team

Other Team Members

The program staff also collaborates with the following specialties as needed:

  • Burn Treatment Center
  • Child Life
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Genetics 
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nursing
  • OB-GYN
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease 
  • Radiology
  • Social Services
  • Surgery