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IFSC Peer Reviewers Needed

We are looking for qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the Iowa Family Support peer review process. 

Who are Family Support Peer Reviewers?

Peer reviewers are dedicated professionals with substantial experience in family support programming and are committed to continuous quality improvement.  Peers must be knowledgeable about family support and the best practice standards, and have ability to openly, honestly, and fairly assess a program’s current ability to implement the standards.  Peers are individuals who are comfortable with conducting interviews and documentation review that focuses on the program’s positive changes and quality improvement efforts, while also helping program’s by identifying areas in need of further strengthening. Peers have a variety of backgrounds and may be program managers, family support trainers, human service educators at the college level, statewide family support system level coordinators, supervisors, and direct service providers.

Time Commitment & Certification

This commitment requires completion of two-day training.  Additionally, completion of at least one peer review in the first year following the training is required and one peer review must be completed in the second year. Once trained, a peer reviewer status is provisional until successful completion of two peer review site visits. A provisional peer reviewer will also be observed and evaluated by the IFSC coordinator during the course of a peer review.  After a peer has successfully completed two reviews and had a positive evaluation, they will be considered a certified Iowa Family Support peer reviewer.  In order to maintain certification, peers must complete a minimum of one peer review per year.  The peer review is scheduled for at 1-5 days depending on size of organization, type of program, and type of review. In addition there is preparation prior to the site visit that takes a minimum of one day.

Qualifications of an Iowa Family Support Peer Reviewer

Peer reviewers must have:
  1. A bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, human services, education or health related field;
  2. Successful completion of the Iowa Family Support peer reviewer training prior to selection and;
  3. One or more of the following: 
    • at least three years experience managing or supervising a family support program; or
    • at least five years experience as a direct service worker in a family support program; or
    • at least three years experience at a statewide family support system level; or
    • at least three years experience as a family support trainer; or
    • at least three years experience as an educator at the college level in a human service related field.
In addition to the above mentioned, applicants must demonstrate:
  1. knowledge of the Iowa Family Support Standards (after training);
  2. an ability to fairly and objectively evaluate family support programs;
  3. a commitment to continuous quality improvement;
  4. an ability to complete the initial peer reviewer training and at least one site visit per year.

Please contact the IFSC Coordinator with any questions about becoming a peer reviewer.

UPDATED: Iowa Family Support Credential Annual Fee

Updated May 2022

Starting in July 2022, all programs that have earned the Iowa Family Support Credential (IFSC) or that are accepted into the Iowa Family Support Credential process for the program’s first credential will incur a fee in July of each year for continued participation in the credential. This fee will be based each year on the planned service capacity of the program.

IFSC New Supervisors & Coordinators Quarterly Meeting

RESCHEDULED

May 19, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Meeting ID: 868 4779 5887
Passcode: 184020
Register for Meeting

The Iowa Family Support Credential (IFSC) hosts quarterly webinars for new supervisors or coordinators to learn about the IFSC, what the process is for earning or renewing the IFSC, what to expect as a supervisor or coordinator of an IFSC credentialed program, and to collaborate with other new supervisors or coordinators.

Each New Supervisor or Coordinator webinar is different. Feel free to join as many as you need to so you can “hit the ground running” in your new position.

IFSC Webinar: Standard 10 – Parent Education Services

April 28, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Meeting ID: 892 1273 4886
Passcode: 646098
Register For Webinar

We will cover Iowa Family Support Standard 10: Parent Education Services.

Standards 10.01, 10.02, 10.03, and 10.04 are applicable to all family support programs.

Standards 10.05, 10.06, and 10.07 are only applicable to group based parent education programs and home visit programs that contain a group component.

Standard 10 includes policy, procedure, and practice for family support programs relating to educational and skill-building activities that empower parents and improve adult functioning.

IFSC Webinar: Standard 9 – Supportive Services

March 24, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00PM
Meeting ID: 863 9553 5787
Passcode: 364550
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Phones for Families Update February 2022

One of the funding streams will run out for the Phones for Families program effective March 31, 2022. Continued eligibility for the Phones for Families program will depend on the type of program each family is enrolled in (FSSD, FaDSS, or MIECHV).

FSSD, FaDSS, and other family support programs:
Phones for Families funding for FSSD and FaDSS programs will expire on March 31, 2022. As of March 31, 2022 all phones distributed to families enrolled in these programs will be disconnected.

MIECHV Programs:
Phones for Families funding for MIECHV programs will continue using funds from the American Rescue Plan. For this reason, it will be important for Phones for Families and MIECHV programs to track which phones are given out to MIECHV families. MIECHV programs that have unused phones need to submit a request for a phone before distributing it for tracking purposes.

IFSC Webinar – Standard 8: Health Services

Join us for the next IFSC Webinar in our series where we break down each Iowa Family Support Standard and provide details on how to address each standard in policy, procedure, and practice.
The webinar will be recorded for those that are unable to attend.

February 24, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88587134231?pwd=ZXpxS29xd1ozU1VIUEI4R3JRMUc1dz09
Meeting ID: 885 8713 4231
Passcode: 808457

Phones for Families Update

Under the original funding source, Phones for Families will continue to be able to provide phones to families enrolled in Family Support Programs, including MIECHV, FSSD, and FaDSS programs.

FSSD, FaDSS, and other family support programs:

Phones for Families funding for FSSD and FaDSS programs will continue for a limited amount of time until funding runs out.  We currently expect funding to last until December 2021 but the exact date will depend on how many phones are being used.

MIECHV Programs:

Phones for Families funding for MIECHV programs will continue beyond the expiration of the funds for all family support programs due to a new funding stream that will be coming in soon.  For this reason, it will be important for Phones for Families and MIECHV programs to track which phones are given out to MIECHV families.  MIECHV programs that have unused phones need to submit a request for a phone before distributing it for tracking purposes.

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