Big Brothers Big Sisters - Muscatine and Cedar Counties

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Muscatine YMCA
1823 Logan Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program that matches kids 5-14 years of age with an adult mentor. Schedules vary on the available times for each "Big" and "Little". Meetings may occur in the community or at school.

Family Resources-Crisis Intevention

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2800 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52803

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

At times, families encounter conflicts that can escalate to the point that an intervention is necessary. A crisis intervention is called when situations arise such as children running away, physical altercations, and issues regarding parents and children respecting one another. The Crisis Intervention Program continues to see a rise in parents asking to have their children detained or placed in a shelter as a quick resolution to their conflict. However, we know that this is not the best response to a crisis and the police are not the best resource to assist a family through safety planning and mediation of these situations.

Through the Family Resources Crisis Intervention Program, police officers and other social service personnel (i.e. DHS Workers, Juvenile Court Officers) are able to disengage from the crisis and return to other duties more quickly by engaging a Crisis Intervention Worker with the family in crisis. The project is designed to provide services to young people (ages 10-17) by diverting them from the criminal justice or social services systems. Crisis Intervention assesses the nature of the crisis and provides immediate deescalation and conflict resolution. A safety plan is developed and the family is provided additional community resources and support.

The main goal of this program is to keep the family intact with specific safety measures in place. If the crisis worker assesses that the child is too much of a risk to return home, then they will explore the options of placing the child in an unbiased home, such as a friend or family member's home.

These services are provided in Scott County only and Crisis Interventionists respond to Police Departments and Hospitals. At this time, we can only respond to a maximum of 8 calls a month.

Iowa Aftercare Services Network

Toll-Free Phone: 800.443.8336

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

Iowa Aftercare Services provides assistance to youth who have aged out, or will soon age out, of the foster care system or other placements outside the home.

Programs include Aftercare Services, Preparation for Adult Living (PAL), and Pre-Planning Services.

Iowa Citizen Foster Care Review Board

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2942 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
563-323-3616
1-877-251-6517

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

ICFCRB is seeking volunteers to serve on the local Muscatine/Cedar County Board. The FCRB meets every month on the third Tuesday of the month. Other time commitments would include observing the board in action, participating in an 18-hour pre-service training, and reading case file materials prior to the review day. The seven member board is trained to review the cases of all children in and out of home placements. The Board meets to ensure that each foster child in its community is being kept safe and everyone is working toward achieving permanency for the child. The board's findings and recommendations are recorded in a concise board report, which is submitted to the court allowing the Juvenile Judge access to updated case information.

Iowa State University Cedar County Extension and Outreach 4-H Development

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107 Cedar St.
Tipton, IA 52772
563-886-6157

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

Offering a variety of opportunities for youth in grades K-12. Programming ranges from traditional 4-H clubs and activities to special interest projects to after school camps and programs. There is something for everyone! And we are always looking for great volunteers.

Miracles Can Happen Boys' Ranch

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1608 300th Street
Wilton, IA 52778

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

Miracles Can Happen Boys' Ranch is a program for boys abandoned, abused, and wayward boys ages 12-18 years. The program may last approximately 2.5 years. See the website or call for more detailed information regarding programming.

TEEN Line

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1-800-443-8336
1-800-735-2942 (TT/TTY)

Resource updated: August 21, 2019

TEEN line is available to answer questions or to talk to teens who may be uncomfortable discussing certain topics with other people they know. Examples of topics teens call about include healthy eating/weight, relationships with parents or friends, violence, alcohol or drug use, stress, etc.

The TEEN Line is not a crisis or "hotline", but it is staff 24 hours a day through the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa State University Extension. It is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

Youth Service Bureau-Peer Justice

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4709 44th Street, Suite 5
Rock Island, IL 61201

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Resource updated: August 21, 2019

Peer Justice

The Peer Justice Program provides services to youth ages 13 – 17 who have had police contact for a status or misdemeanor offense or an ordinance violation. This program includes:

Individual and family screening and education.
A sentencing hearing before a jury of teen peers. The jury determines a sentence that can include community service opportunities, apology letters, restitution, counseling services or educational services.
Community service sites that include area business and service agencies.
Referral and linkage with agencies that provide appropriate counseling, psychiatric, medical, and concrete services if needed.

The Peer Justice program also makes significant use of teenage volunteers who serve as jurors and courtroom personnel.

Cost: There is a $75.00 processing fee for the Peer Justice services. If the youth or family has reasonable financial resources, the sentence may include a restitution clause. There are no other fees for this program.

Referrals: Only police officers based in the school or community can refer to P.J.

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