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


I Won't Do It & You Can't Make Me!
ODD in Kids and Teens

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

Psychotherapy 101: What Therapy Is,
How it Works & What You Need to
Know About It to Help Your Child

Ankeny, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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

CPR & First Aid
Cedar Rapids, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST - $50)

L.E.A.N. Start - Lifestyle, Exercise,
Attitude, Nutrition

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


What Are You Trying to Tell Me? Responding to Troubling Behaviors
Ankeny, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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

CPR & First Aid
Council Bluffs, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST - $50)

For Better or Worse:
Couples Who Foster

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

Decoding the Mystery of ADHD
Fort Dodge, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Worrywarts & How You Can Help Them: Anxiety Disorders in Children & Teens
Fort Dodge, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Cultivating Spirituality in Your Foster
Youth (Even When It Is Different
From Your Own)

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

Bullying - What's a Parent to Do?
Iowa City, 1:30pm-4:45pm (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


Adventureland DaySaturday, August 8, 2015

IFAPA's Appreciation Day for Iowa's Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Families!

Families are able to purchase tickets from IFAPA at greatly reduced rates!!

FAMILY TICKETS: $22 per ticket for all immediate foster and adoptive family members 4 years and older living in your home. (All children 3 & under are FREE!)

GUEST TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased for other family members (not living in your home) or friends for $27 per person. (Regular tickets are $40 each)

DEADLINE: All ticket orders must be received no later than Friday, July 31st.




You Asked: We Listened -
Reaching Out to Rural Iowa

Beginning September 1, 2015, in addition to offering trainings in our traditional locations, IFAPA will begin holding trainings in 11 “hub” communities. Trainings in these communities will be two hours in length and offered one time per quarter (opportunity to attend eight hours of training per calendar year). We invite you to see our TRAINING SCHEDULE for upcoming dates and locations.


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. 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 on the DHS website. APPLY HERE




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