A Home Away from Home
ChildServe’s Homes offer a comfortable, nurturing environment for children and young adults who need round-the-clock supervision or medical care. Our spacious home-like environments, caring staff members, and emphasis on community involvement and recreational activities offer an inviting place for children and young adults with special healthcare needs to enjoy full lives. We offer individualized treatment plans that focus on caring for the whole child. ChildServe’s staff members promote skill development, independence, and decision making as appropriate for each child’s hopes, dreams, and needs.
Why choose ChildServe?
In our family-centered environment, we welcome visits from parents, siblings, or friends! ChildServe wants you to be as involved in your child’s life as possible.
ChildServe’s highly trained staff and nursing team includes a wide range of specialists.
Care for the whole child
Along with caring for physical needs, ChildServe provides for the cognitive, spiritual, psychological, and social needs of children and young adults.
Who We Serve
ChildServe Homes offer 24-hour support and specialized nursing care. Children and young adults may have behavioral support needs, but must have a low risk of elopement and cannot present a risk of serious injury to self or others.
We offer three types of group homes:
ICF-ID Homes: Support children and young adults (5 through 21 years old) who have a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability and/or other developmental disabilities. Children and young adults may have multiple diagnoses, including but not limited to autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and muscular dystrophy.
RB-SCL Homes: Support children and young adults (5 through 21 years old) who have a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability or mental disability equivalent to Intellectual Disability as determined by a psychologists or psychiatrist.
SCL-R Homes: Support young adults (16 through 25 years old) who have a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability or mental disability equivalent to Intellectual Disability as determined by a psychologists or psychiatrist.
Live Life with ChildServe!
Along with 24-hour medical care, children and young adults living in ChildServe homes receive support services to help them work toward their goals and live a great life. ChildServe focuses on community exposure and involvement.
Children and young adults join in age-appropriate planned activities like community recreational events, shopping trips, volunteer opportunities and more. Wheelchair accessible vans provide easy access to appointments and community activities.
ChildServe’s Homes offer round-the-clock nursing support and therapy in home-like and family-friendly environments. Our medical staff cares for children with complex medical needs including pain and seizure management, and enteral feeding supportEnteral feeding involves delivering the nutrients a person needs directly into a person’s stomach, or bowel. Common methods of enteral feeding include NG, gastrostomy, and jejunostomy. ChildServe supports all of these feeding options.. Occupational, speech, and physical therapy services are available.
School-aged children and teens attend public schools in their communities until graduating and lead rich social lives outside of school. Those who have completed school may be involved in adult day programs, employment, or volunteer opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of medical professionals take care of the children in ChildServe’s Homes?
Depending on the needs of the children or young adults in each home, ChildServe offers the following support care options and specialists:
- Direct Support Professionals
- Registered Nurses
- 24-Hour Medical Support Staff
- Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists
- Positive Behavior Support Specialists
- Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals
- Adaptive Equipment Technicians
What does ICF-ID stand for?
ChildServe’s ICF-ID Homes are licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility for People With Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-ID).
What does RB-SCL stand for?
Children in the RB-SCL Homes receive financial assistance through Iowa Medicaid’s waiver program under the Residential-Based Supported Community Living (RB-SCL) service.
What does SCL-R stand for?
Young adults in the SCL-R Homes receive financial assistance through Iowa Medicaid’s waiver program under the Supported Community Living (SCL) service.
How do I get started?
Contact our Family Service Specialist, by calling 515-331-8111, or by using the contact form below.
Where is this service offered?
ChildServe’s Homes are located throughout the metro area including Ankeny, Beaverdale, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, and Windsor Heights.
ChildServe – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
If you would like to make a referral, or if you have additional questions, please use the contact form below.
ChildServe Center - Johnston
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 4,500 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.