When Iowans file their taxes this year, more than $65,000 will be raised to prevent child abuse. The funds come from a line item on the state income tax return form that allows taxpayers to donate a portion of their refund or an additional amount on top of what they owe to child abuse prevention. All proceeds go to the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP), which supports programs and services for children and caregivers in 83 counties across Iowa.
Overall, ICAPP works to prevent child abuse by helping caregivers learn parenting skills, manage stress, strengthen connections, and access resources. The program supports 13,000 parents and 45,000 children each year. Since the Child Abuse Prevention Check Off began five years ago, more than $300,000 has been raised to benefit these efforts.
The Child Abuse Prevention Check Off provides a significant source of funding so that child abuse prevention programs can serve more families across Iowa," said Steve Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, which manages ICAPP. "By providing support and education to parents now, we're ensuring that their children are more likely to be safe, nurtured and empowered to reach their full potential as adults."
In Tama County, money raised through the Child Abuse Prevention Check Off helps Child Abuse Prevention Services provide prevention education to children age preschool through second grade.
"Last year alone, more than 700 Tama County children received sexual abuse prevention education," said Jana Enfield, Executive Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services in Marshalltown. "By checking off child abuse on 2013 state income tax forms, residents can support child abuse prevention efforts in our service area."
To donate to ICAPP, taxpayers should look for line 55d on Iowa Tax Form 1040. An online tax program, such as Turbo Tax, asks whether to make a contribution after the filer has reviewed the tax form and is ready to submit.
To learn more about the Child Abuse Prevention Check Off, go to www.checkoffchildabuseiowa.org