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


Preventative Practices II: Minimizing the Risk of Child Abuse Allegations
Ames, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Teen Anger: How to Regulate Your
Home Atmosphere
Cedar Falls, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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

What are You Trying to Tell Me? Responding Effectively to Troubling Behaviors*
Council Bluffs, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Connect the Dots:
Emotions to Behaviors

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

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
and Listen So Kids Will Talk

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


Mood Disorders in Children and Teens*
Ankeny, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Cultivating Spirituality in Your
Foster Youth

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

Doctors Speak a Foreign Language
Sioux City, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Is Mental Health Puzzling You?
Sioux 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

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Current News


November Trainings

IFAPA will not be offering any trainings during the month of December, so finish up your training this month!
Please note: The last training offered in 2014 will be held on November 22nd. The first training offered in 2015 will be held on January 10.



Does Your Foster Teen (age 16+) Need $300?

Special Funding Available for Teens

IFAPA has received special money from Chaffee Funds for teens (ages 16 and older) in foster care that can only be requested through June 30, 2015. This special grant can be accessed though IFAPA's Friends of Children in Foster Care Program. These grants will be available for up to $300 per youth for items such as extra-curricular activities, educational tutoring, senior pictures, prom attire, class rings, class trips, summer camp, college application fees, etc. This funding is for all teens (16 years and older) in a foster care placement including shelter, foster family homes, group care, and supervised apartment living. To apply for this special funding, complete a FRIENDS APPLICATION and submit to IFAPA.



Share this Free Book with Your Child's Teacher

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, email your address to cthomason@ifapa.org


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