In recent weeks, news reports have brought to light the treatment of children at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. These issues were brought forward after a site visit by the Disability Rights Iowa, which is part of a national network of protection and advocacy systems established in the 1970s by the U.S. Congress to respond to repeated abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in large institutions. Their mission is to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans with disabilities.

Since this information was brought forward, the governor has created a Iowa Juvenile Home Protection Task Force. The governor will be appointing five members, which include the Iowa Department of Human Services Director and four individuals in the child advocacy, special education, and behavioral issues field. The Task Force will hold three public meetings.

Meeting 1
Date:  September 18, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Iowa Juvenile Home/ Girls State Training School
Staff Training Room
701 South Church Street
Toledo, Iowa 52342

Meeting 2
Date:  September 24, 2013
Time:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location:  To be determined

Meeting 3
Date:  September 30, 2013
Time:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: To be determined

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