Child Protection Program

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 provision of education, support, and preventive services as well as the coordination of medical examinations and medical workups.

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 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.

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    • 1-319-356-7880

Other Team Members

  • Erin Brown, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC
  • Kerstin Marnin, LMSW
  • Anne Nielsen, ARNP, DNP, CPNP-PC
  • Roy Zhou, MD, FAAP

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