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


Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter

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

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

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
Council Bluffs, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Hope for Healing: Trust Based
Relational Intervention

Council Bluffs, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Working Through Anger
Davenport, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

How to Talk So Everyone Will Listen
Davenport, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Together We Can Conference - Planning for Successful Transitions
Des Moines, 8:15am-4pm (FREE CLASS)


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

The Brain: Normal Development vs.
Brain After Trauma

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

The Magic of Healing the Brain and Fostering a Secure Attachment
Charles City, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

CPR & First Aid
Davenport, 8am-12:15pm (COST $40)

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter

Davenport, 1:15pm-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


Is Your Teen Ready?

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: Des Moines (5/7); Waterloo (6/4); Dubuque (6/11); Cedar Rapids (6/18) VIEW FLYER


Call for Fall 2016 Conference Presenters

Are you interested in being a conference presenter at IFAPA's Fall Conference October 28-29, 2016 in Coralville, IA? This two-day conference will bring
together foster, adoptive and kinship parents as well as human services
professionals from across Iowa with the goal of learning ways to best care for and support children in foster and kinship care as well as children who have been adopted. Download the form below to complete and submit your proposal via email to IFAPA’s Training Coordinator at jclarkalbrecht@ifapa.org. For additional information including potential topic ideas, view the PROPOSAL FORM. Proposals are due by Friday, April 29, 2016!


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.

What is the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS)? The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard allows foster parents to give their foster children permission to do age-appropriate activities that promote cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral growth. For additional information and to view the RPPS training video, CLICK HERE.




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