Protecting Children | The STAR Center

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Protecting Children is Everyone's Job!

  • Age of child abuse victims: child abuse disproportionately impacts young children. Approximately half of child abuse victims areyounger than 6 years of age. (
  • Categories of child abuse: almost 4 out of 5 child abuse cases in 2012 were due to denial of critical care, which indicates a parent or caretaker failed to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, or other care necessary for a child's well-being. The next most common types of abuse were physical injury (9.4%), illegal drugs in a child's body because of caretaker action or inaction (6%), and sexual abuse (3.9%). (

Wondering How You Can Make a Difference and Protect Children?

  • Knowledge - know the signs and symptoms of child abuse. 
  • Be a voice for kids - report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or the Iowa Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178.
  • Get involved! - become a foster parent, volunteer in schools or for a youth serving organization, donate to agencies which provide prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.