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.

Inpatient and Outpatient 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 outpatient 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 13 and younger, as well as those who have not shown signs of puberty, are assessed by the child protection team. Children age 14 and older who display the signs of puberty are assessed by sexual assault response team nurses.

Make a Referral to the Child Protection Program at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Our clinics within the Child Protection Program accept referrals from community providers, service agencies, and medical, mental health, legal, law enforcement, education, and other professionals. Families may refer themselves directly for services as well. Most types of insurance are accepted.

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    • Phone: 319-384-5652
    • Email: (Program Secretary)

Care Team

Other Team Members

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

  • Social Services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Surgery
  • Burn Treatment Center
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pathology
  • Orthopedics