Stronger Children. Stronger Families. Stronger Communities.

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Our History

Since our humble beginnings as Linn County’s First Children’s Human Service agency (we’ve been around since 1879), we’ve evolved to serve the ever-evolving needs of our community. Our programs focus on prevention, treatment and outreach, and serve children and teens of all ages.

We support more than 4,000 kids per year—primarily in Linn and Johnson counties in southeast Iowa—but all families are welcome at Tanager Place. View our Impact Report here.

At Tanager Place, our mission is simple:

To provide services to children and families that inspire, empower and heal.

Tanager Place Timeline


  • Camp Good Health established to offer camp experience for disadvantaged children, continues today as Camp Tanager.


  • Renamed The Children’s Home of Cedar Rapids.


  • The Children’s Home of Cedar Rapids becomes licensed as Cedar Rapids’ first and only residential treatment facility.


  • The Children’s Home introduces Expressive Arts Therapy to help children confront mental and emotional obstacles through visual arts, creative writing and music.


  • The Children’s Home founds the State of Iowa Psychiatric Medical Institution for Children (PMIC) to offer intensive treatment to 400 children across the state. Tanager Place retains a state contract for 60 of those 400 beds.
  • The Children’s Home introduces Hemophilia Camp, the only camp of its kind in the Midwest, where children with hemophilia and their siblings participate in individual and group activities designed for fun and fitness.


  • Diabetes Camp launches to give children and adolescents with diabetes a safe and healthy environment under direct supervision of trained medical staff.


  • Tanager Place Mental Health Clinic established, the region’s only child-centered, comprehensive behavioral health outpatient clinic.



  • The Tanager Place Research Center is launched to impact policy with new research from five partnering institutions.
  • Tanager Place establishes the Autism Spectrum Therapy Program.
  • Tanager Place, Boys and Girls Club and Young Parents Network come together to create YouthPort.


  • Tanager Place’s Pediatric Integrated Health (PIH) is founded to alleviate barriers facing many families.



  • First Suicide Symposium offered
  • Tanager Place named Best Non-Profit in the Corridor as part of The Gazette Business Awards
  • School Based Program expands to 11 schools


  • Accreditation by Council on Accreditation Renewed until 2021
  • Implemented Telehealth program to meet children’s psychiatric needs
  • Successfully advocated with state legislature to pass insurance coverage for Iowa children living with autism
  • Trained over 1,300 community members through the Tanager Place Training & Education Center
  • Completed the $6.5 Million Soaring Beyond Capital Campaign


  • Implemented Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Skills Program
  • Increased the number of ICF/ID beds by 55 percent
  • First Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Symposium provides training for 345 community members
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Center is opened


  • Mental Wellbeing Clinic is opened in Coralville
  • Tanager Place achieves Service Enterprise Certification, joining just 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide to reach this level of leadership and volunteer engagement
  • School Based Program expands to 44 schools