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


The ABC's of Early Childhood
Connections: Nurturing Social &
Emotional Development in
Infants & Toddlers

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

Grrr...I'm Just So Mad: Helping Young Children Deal with Their Anger
Ankeny, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

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

Waterloo, 9am-2pm (FREE CLASS)


Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter

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

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

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

Dubuque, 9am-2pm (FREE CLASS)

The Grieving Process: How to Help You and Your Kids Heal
Spencer, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

To register for one of the above classes,
call 800-277-8145 or REGISTER HERE.
Click here to register and pay for CPR
To view classes approved for Social Work CEUs, click here.



Current News


May is Foster Care Month

Hear from IFAPA's Executive Director as she reflects on National Foster Care Month. View upcoming appreciation events for foster and adoptive families/parents.



Is Your Teen Ready to Live, Learn & Work as an Adult?

A Free Training on Preparing Youth for Adult Living, Learning & Working
ASK Resource Center and IFAPA invite youth (age 14 & up), their families and professionals who support them to attend this training filled with transition-related resources. Choose from one of these training locations: Waterloo (6/4); Dubuque (6/11); Cedar Rapids (6/18)


Does Your Foster Teen Need $300 for Activities?

IFAPA has received special money from Chafee Funds for teens (age 14 and older) in foster care that can only be requested through June 30, 2015. This special grant can be accessed through
IFAPA's Friends of Children in Foster Care Program. These grants will be available for up to $300 per youth for items such as: extracurricular activities, senior photos, prom attire, class rings, summer camp, etc. To apply, complete a FRIENDS APPLICATION.


Notice to Foster Parents

Required Training Now Available

In September 2014, Congress passed a new law establishing prudent parent standards throughout the United States. As part of this federal law, foster parents are now required to complete the Reasonable Prudent Parent Standard Training by September 30, 2016. For additional information and to view the RPPS training video, CLICK HERE.




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