Homes (SCL/R)

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ChildServe's SCL/R youth transition homes offer a variety of support services for young adults with special health care needs living in a residential setting.  Family-centered care and home-like settings allow children to participate in their lives as independently as possible. Daily activities focus on helping teens and young adults become part of their community while learning independent skills, with the end goal of a successful transition to adult placement.

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What We Do

ChildServe SCL/R Homes offer young adults ages 16 through 25 an opportunity to transition to independence while still receiving the supervision and care they may need. ChildServe's Homes provide a safe and structured environment where individuals continuously are allowed to make choices in their lives. Skill acquisition and independence is encouraged through interactions with caring direct support professionals to prepare individuals for life outside of ChildServe.

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Who We Serve

ChildServe strives to address the desires, goals, strengths, abilities, needs, health, and safety of the individuals we serve, including their short and long-term hopes and dreams.

Admission criteria include:
  • Age 16-25
  • Low risk of elopement
  • Diagnosis of intellectual disability and/or significant physical requirements; may have multiple diagnoses, including but not limited to:
    • Autism
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Down Syndrome
    • Muscular Dystrophy
  • May have behavioral issues, though must not present a risk of serious injury to self or others
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Family Support

We encourage family involvement by maintaining open communication with family members. Their support is known to be a key component in the child’s success.

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Community Involvement

ChildServe stresses community exposure and involvement. School-aged teens and young adults attend public schools in their communities. Individuals age 21 and up participate in Day Habilitation services. When not attending school or day habilitation, young adults lead rich social lives and learn leisure life skills through participation in planned activities, community recreational events, volunteer opportunities in their communities, shopping expeditions and more. Through these experiences they develop friendships and form skills for independence and self-fulfillment.

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Home-like Environments

ChildServe has four youth transition homes located in residential areas throughout the Des Moines metro area, including Urbandale and Des Moines. Smaller living environments with no more than three young adults provide a sense of home. Each home consists of private bedrooms, a living room, large kitchen, large bathrooms, office, and outdoor space.

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Qualified Professional Staff

Our interdisciplinary team of licensed and certified staff provides care that addresses each child’s medical, behavioral, and developmental needs. Each individual’s program is coordinated and monitored by a site supervisor, and tailored uniquely to fit the individual's needs and goals. Additionally, each individual receives continuous active treatment in independent living skills and personal care skills.

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Specialized Support Staff

Staffing and nursing support for each home is available 24 hours per day. Staffing levels are determined by the needs of the particular children in each home.

  • Adaptive Equipment Technicians
  • Dietitian
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pediatricians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Positive Behavior Support Specialists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
Jake, Nik, and Zach
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The Iowa Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers are Medicaid Programs. They are available to people with disabilities and older Iowans who need services and supports; which may allow them to stay in their homes, rather than in an institution. When an individual enters one of the waiver programs, they are "waiving" institutional care in favor of receiving services in their home or in the community. This gives you more choice. You must be eligible for Medicaid and also meet the requirements for each waiver. Iowa currently has seven Medicaid HCBS waivers. Programs are available for persons with physical and mental disabilities, HIV/AIDS, brain injuries and other chronic illnesses, as well as senior citizens. For more information on HCBS waivers, please go to

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See It To Believe It

We invite you to come by and tour our homes and experience our fun and caring environment for yourself. For more information about ChildServe SCL/R Homes, to schedule a tour, or to refer a child for services, please contact our Family Services Specialist at 515-331-8111.


Monica Friel


Family Services Specialist

Phone Icon Monica Friel Family Services Specialist 515-331-8111