Child Protection Center

The Allen Child Protection Center (ACPC) provides immediate assistance for children or dependent adults who may be victims of abuse, or have witnessed a violent crime. The ACPC uses a multi-disciplinary team approach and works closely with the Department of Human Services and law enforcement. The center provides forensic interviews, medical examinations, and familyadvocacy services.

Referrals to the Allen Child Protection Center are made through the Department of Human Services, law enforcement, and medical providers. The center's staff are happy to answer questions and provide more information to individuals or community groups. Please contact the ACPC for more information. If you have a suspicion of child abuse, contact the Department of Human Services.


ACPC Receives Accreditation
(l to r) Sandy Kahler, Manager; Tom Ferguson, Black Hawk county attorney and CPC board chair;
Pam Delagardelle, Allen president and CEO; Dave Betz, National Children's Alliance;
Julie Ritland, ARNP; Rachael Jorgensen and Katie Strub, CPC forensic interviewers

The Allen Child Protection Center first opened its doors in May 2010 for forensic interviews. In July 2011, the center started conducting medical examinations. The center continued to grow and in October 2012, the Allen Child Protection Center received accreditation from the National Children's Alliance. Finally, in 2013 the center hired a family advocate to provide further help and care to the victims and their families following the appointment.

In its first three years, the Allen Child Protection Center has experienced tremendous growth. From 2010 to 2011, the Allen Child Protection Center provided services to just over 300 children and their families. In 2012 alone, the Center saw over 450 children and their families.