Heart of Iowa Childcare Services Expansion

The Heart of Iowa (HOI) program is designed for women with substance use disorder who maintain custody of their children while receiving residential treatment services. A childcare center is on-site for the children during the mom’s treatment stay. IWF funding will expand its hours of childcare, using existing staff, from 4:30-7 pm so moms can attend community support groups, continue their education, seek employment, or attend evening treatment groups. These services are important in the mom’s transition toward community based support services and independent living. ASAC will also expand its support services to the kids in the program by providing a support group for girls that have experienced trauma.