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

The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association is a non-profit organization serving as a resource to foster, adoptive and kinship families in Iowa. Membership with IFAPA is free for Iowa's foster, adoptive and kinship families. IFAPA provides training, peer support and resources to promote safety, permanency and well-being for Iowa’s children. Read more

IFAPA Workshops for Foster & Adoptive Parents & Workers


Supporting Healthy Attachment Across the Developmental Spectrum*
Clarinda, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)


Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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


Real Help for Attachment*
Ankeny, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Safe Homes: Understanding and
Parenting Your LGBTQ Youth
Council Bluffs, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

CPR & First Aid
Davenport, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST $40)

Putting the Myths and
Misunderstandings on Childhood
Sleep Disorders to Bed
Iowa City, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Developing Emotional/Social Competency in Challenging Infants and Toddlers*
Waterloo, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Trauma: An Insider's Perspective
Waterloo, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)


"Quirky Kids" - Living with Young
Children with Challenging Behaviors
Ames, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Facilitating Attachment in Foster and Adopted Children*
Ames, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

CPR & First Aid
Cedar Rapids, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST $40)

Anger De-Escalation*
Davenport, 9am-4:30pm (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

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Current News




ReMoved follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. WARNING: Some of the content is not appropriate for children.

"It would be impossible to fully understand the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system, but this short narrative film portrays that saga in a poetic light, with brushes of fear, anger, sadness, and a tiny bit of hope." - Santa Barbara Independent WATCH VIDEO


New Booklet from IFAPA

Please share with your child's teachers!

Children who do not live with their birth parents deal with unique issues. These issues may affect a student’s school performance. This booklet was developed to provide educators with information about issues that impact children and youth in out-of-home care and the effect those issues might have on classroom learning. Information and suggestions on how educators can assist and advocate for these students are also included.

To receive a free copy (or multiple copies) of this booklet, please e-mail Crystal at cthomason@ifapa.org or call 800-277-8145 ext. 5.





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