Tanager Place is a private, nonprofit child and family service agency. Our mission is “to successfully serve children and families challenged by social and psychological needs”. Since 1879, Tanager Place has been helping children and families in need. Today, we serve over 700 children and families on a daily basis. We are dedicated to providing quality programs and we are committed to helping people in need.

Tanager Place is licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services and accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA).

Our Programs

Tanager Place provides a variety of programs designed to meet different needs. Some of them are listed below.

Tanager Place Treatment Center provides inpatient, psychiatric treatment for youth ages 5 to 17 who are seriously emotionally disturbed. There are 60 children living in our PMIC program (Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children) which provides multi-disciplinary treatment for children experiencing social, psychological, and/or emotional needs. The majority of these children have experienced some type of abuse – emotional, psychological, sexual or physical. This program focuses on symptom reduction, internal controls and discharge planning to a less restrictive level of care.

As a part of the Tanager Place Treatment Center, the Intermediate Care Facility For Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID) is an eight-bed, co-educational program developed for children, ages 5-17, who are mild to moderately mentally retarded and who experience psychiatric and behavioral deficits. The program’s ultimate goal is to aid in the development of each client’s ability to function as independently and with as much self-determination as possible.

Community Based Services offer a variety of services to address the safety and well-being of children. These services are generally provided in the family’s home and all services are individualized and based on child and family needs. These services include the following:

  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services are provided in the family’s home and are designed to reduce or eliminate behaviors and symptoms associated with a child’s psychological needs.
  • Safety Plan Services are designed to provide interventions and support to a child and family to help assure the child’s safety during the
    Department of Human Services assessment process.
  • Family Safety, Risk and Permanency Services provide a wide variety of interventions and support to children and their families referred by the Department of Human Services. The goal of this program is to help a child establish permanency either safely in their home or in an alternative placement.

Expressive Arts
The Expressive Arts Program services as a means by which emotionally disturbed children may provide insight into struggles that might otherwise take months to verbalize. Children express their conflicts and solve problems through symbolic expression using arts including music, graphic arts, and creative writing. This program is available for children in Tanager Place programs who have a willingness to explore art media as a means to learn the art of imagination.

Tanager Place Mental Health Clinic – Psychiatry – Psychology – Counseling. Tanager Place Clinic provides comprehensive mental health services to the community. Services include:

  • Child/AdultPsychiatry
  • Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • Individual Therapy, Family Therapy,Play Therapy
  • Couple/Marriage Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

Camp Tanager offers a summer camp experience for over 600 children ages 7-12 and strives to meet the special needs of children who are experiencing social, economic or medical problems. The Diabetes Camp and Hemophilia Camp are special week-long medical camps held annually. Camp Tanager is funded entirely through donations.

Our Staff

Tanager Place employs approximately 200 full-time and part-time employees. Positions include: Various Community Based positions and Supervisors, Cooks, Housekeeping and Maintenance Personnel, Nurses, Program Therapists, Program Supervisors, Secretaries, Treatment Counselors, Health Counselors, Youth Service Workers, and Clinic Therapists.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Employment Application

You will be able to upload a cover letter and resume after completing the application.

Type of Employment Desired:

Have you previously worked at Tanager as an employee or volunteer?

Have you applied here before?

Are you 18 years of age or older

Do you have a record of founded child or dependent adult abuse in this state or any other state?

Have you ever been convicted, plead guilty to, or received a deferred sentence for a crime (misdemeanor or felony) in this state or any other state (This includes and is not limited to assault, OWI, DWI, etc.)?

Have you ever been excluded from participation in a Federal Health Care Program such as Medicare or Medicaid?

Tanager Place is a 24 hour facility. Scheduling may include evenings. Please indicate hours that
would be a conflict for scheduling and explain why below:

Abilities you possess that would make you an asset to this agency (Maximum of 80 characters per line):

Education: (Must be completed in full)

School Name and Location Major Course Studies # of Years Completed Degree Received Degree Major
High School

Employment History: (most recent first)
(Must be completed in full or application may not be processed)

May We Contact for a Reference?

May We Contact for a Reference?

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References: (Must be completed in full or application may not be processed).

List 3 persons not related to you whom you have known at least one year:




Specific skills:

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I understand that misrepresentation or omission of facts may be cause for dismissal. Further, I understand and agree that if employed, my employment is for no contractual period and may be terminated in compliance with Iowa Employment At Will and the established personnel policies of this agency. I also understand that employment is contingent upon a satisfactory completion of background record checks i.e., Department of Criminal Investigation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Child Abuse Registry, Sex Offender Registry, etc.. (IA Code 237.8)

The Agency does not discriminate based on age, race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military service, physical or mental disability, or other protected classification. Any grievances or concerns regarding application for employment may be made in writing to Human Resources.

I certify that I have read and understand the above information and the information I have provided is true, correct, and complete.

If you are applying/printing online please note: If you are chosen to interview you will be asked to review this application for correctness and you will be required to sign at that time indicating the information presented is true and correct.

This application will be maintained in an active file for a period of three (3) months from the date of application.

Applicant Information

Dear Applicant: Tanager Place requests data on the race, sex and ethnic identity of all applicants for statistical purposes and to monitor employment practices. We would appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete this form to be included with your application. Submission of this information is optional; you will not be excluded from consideration if you decline to answer these questions.

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Disabled Veteran: Any era

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How did you learn about the position
for which you are applying?

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What is the highest level of education you have attained?

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