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


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

PTSD in Children and Teens*
Ankeny, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

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

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


Calming the Trauma Storm*
Sioux City, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

When Old Parenting Strategies Don't Work! Help Us Please!*
Sioux City, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Get Me Off This Roller Coaster: Coping Skills for Emotional Intensity Issues*
Waterloo, 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



Current News


Class Cancellations

During bad weather, we try our best to avoid cancelling trainings. If the trainer is able to make it to the training location and the facility is open, IFAPA will still hold the class for those families that need to get their training hours completed. If you feel the weather is too dangerous to travel, please stay home and you can register for a different upcoming class. If a class needs to be cancelled, we will make every effort to notify all attendees of the cancellation via e-mail or phone. IFAPA will also list all class cancellations on our Training Coordinator’s voicemail and post class cancellations on our Facebook page. If you would like to find out if any classes have been cancelled due to weather, please call 800-277-8145 ext. 2.

Notice to Foster Parents

Beginning September 29, 2015, foster families will be asked to sign the form, Agreement and Consent for Activities of a Child in Foster Care Agreement (Form 470-4538), on any new placement. The purpose of this new form is to establish standards for normalcy for a child who is in foster care.

This agreement between the child’s parent or guardian and their foster parent(s) is to allow a child access to age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate activities. The child’s parent or guardian acknowledges responsibility and approves the foster parent to apply the reasonable and prudent parent standard to authorize any of the following:
community activities, social activities with peers, recreational activities, religious activities, employment opportunities and educational and extra-curricular school-related activities.

All foster parents will need to complete training on the reasonable and prudent parent standard prior to October 1, 2016. Foster parents will begin hearing more about the reasonable and prudent parent standard in the upcoming months. Please watch our website and upcoming newsletters over the next several weeks for more information on completing this training through IFAPA.


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