Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

Youth Services - Centralized Intake Center

Centralized Intake Center

The Central Intake Center provides law enforcement officers a single point of entry for youth in need of assessments and services. On a 24-hour basis, staff conduct an initial screening, and make decisions about the placement of youth. Placements may include detention, foster care, or home with appropriate social service referrals.

Parents/Guardians are not permitted to admit their child to Detention by bringing them to the Centralized Intake Center.  If your child has broken the law then you should call 911 for assistance. This does not mean that your child will be detained. The Central Intake Officer with Juvenile Court will review all pertinent information and make a determination in the best interests of the youth and their family.

If you have been notified by law enforcment that your child was brought to the Centralized Intake Center, you may contact staff at 515-286-3350.

Contact Us

Community & Family Division
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310

Youth Services Division
Juvenile Detention 515-286-3344
Centralized Intake 515-286-3350
1548 Hull Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316