IFAPA - A Resource for Iowa’s Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Families

For over 40 years, the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association has been serving as a resource to foster, adoptive and kinship families in Iowa. IFAPA is a non-profit organization that empowers, supports and advocates for these families. Membership with IFAPA is free for Iowa's foster, adoptive and kinship families.

IFAPA Workshops for Foster & Adoptive Parents & Workers


Up, Down and All Around - ADHD, ODD
& Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Ankeny, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Utilizing the NURTURED HEART
APPROACH in Helping Children with Challenging Behaviors

Cedar Falls, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)


The Grieving Process - How to Help
You and Your Kids Heal

Ames, 9:30am-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

Ankeny, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Planning for Successful Transitions
Mini Conference - Preparing Youth for Adult Living, Learning and Working

Cedar Rapids, 8:30am-2:00pm (FREE CLASS)

Stop. Collaborate and Listen:
Collaborating with Birth Families for
Better Outcomes

Davenport, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Real Help for Attachment Struggles
Davenport, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Darkness to Light
(Sexual Abuse Prevention)

Sioux City, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

To register for one of the above classes,
call 800-277-8145 ext. 1 or register here.
* Classes also approved for SW CEUs



Current News


Health Coverage for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Expanded Medicaid for Independent Young Adults (E-MIYA)

The purpose of Expanded Medicaid for Independent Young Adults (E-MIYA) program is to provide continued health coverage to young adults transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

E-MIYA Eligibility Definitions - E-MIYA currently provides Medicaid coverage to eligible youth who are:
• Living in Iowa,
• Under age 26,
• Who were in an Iowa foster care placement and receiving Iowa Medicaid when they turned age 18.

Youth covered under the E-MIYA program receive physical, dental, and mental health coverage. Youth covered by the E-MIYA program receive covered services through existing Medicaid provider networks. For this program annual eligibility determination is required. If you are exiting foster care, your case manager will assist ensuring your health care coverage continues. If you find you do not have coverage, you may apply via an application on the DHS website. APPLY HERE



New IFAPA Publication

This publication was designed to help birth parents share important details about their child to help ease their transition into a foster home.  Birth parents can share information on the child’s medical history, special memories they have of the child, and the day-to-day details (bedtime routine, food likes &
dislikes, fears, school performance, etc.).  Family photos and extended family contact information can also be shared in this booklet. This publication is also a great tool to encourage birth parents to complete and share with their child during family interactions. VIEW PUBLICATION



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