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


CPR & First Aid
Ames, 8am-12:15pm (COST $50)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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

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

Bullying - What's a Parent to Do?
Waterloo, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

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


Through the Looking Glass: Life through the Filter of Personality Disorders*
Ankeny, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Get Me Off this Roller Coaster: Coping Skills for Emotional Intensity Issues*
Ankeny, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

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

Working with Birth Families
Cedar Falls, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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

Planning for the Unpredictable: Preparing Your Family for Natural Disasters
Council Bluffs, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

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

Six Principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Sioux City, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

An IEP on IEPs: Parents as Partners in Process and Product
Sioux City, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)


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

Parents: You Matter!
Drugs/Alcohol, Your Teen and You

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

Six Principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Cedar Rapids, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

An IEP on IEPs: Parents as Partners in Process and Product
Cedar Rapids, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Don't Worry About It!
Anxiety, Panic and OCD
Council Bluffs, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

I Won't Do It & You Can't Make Me:
ODD in Kids and Teens
Davenport, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Psychotherapy 101:
What Therapy Is, How it Works
& What You Need to Know

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

Helping Children Heal from the Double Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Placement*
Sioux City, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

Waterloo, 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

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Current News



IFAPA is hosting our first-ever IFAPA Fall Conference in Waterloo on October 17th and 18th! IFAPA will now host a spring and fall training conference every year for foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and workers.

To register online click here!


Job Opening at IFAPA

Executive Director Needed
IFAPA is currently accepting applicants for an Executive Director. If interested, please review the job description and how to apply. MORE ABOUT THIS POSITION
Application deadline: Sept. 24, 2014


Education book

Share this Free Book with Your Child's Teachers! - This booklet provides educators with information about issues that impact foster and adoptive youth, the effects those issues might have on classroom learning and how educators can assist and advocate for these students. To receive a copy (or multiple copies) of this book, please email your address to cthomason@ifapa.org.



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