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


"Quirky Kids": Strategies for Living with Young Child with Challenging Behaviors
Ankeny, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Facilitating Attachment in Foster and Adopted Children
Ankeny, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

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


Managing Your Child/Teen's Behaviors:
7 Ways to Foster Love, Respect and Communication

Ankeny, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Utilizing the NURTURED HEART
APPROACH in Helping Children with Challenging Behaviors

Cedar Rapids, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Stick to It! Maintaining a Challenging Placement
Waterloo, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)


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

Planning for Successful Transitions Mini Conference - Preparing Youth for Adult Living, Learning and Working
Cedar Falls, 8:30am-2pm (FREE CLASS)

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

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

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

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

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



You Asked: We Listened -
Reaching Out to Rural Iowa

IFAPA takes your feedback seriously. We know that long travel time for families living in rural communities is often a barrier to attending trainings on a regular basis or even completing the required six hours per renewal year. With a lot of work, some out of the box thinking and an increase in our training capacity, IFAPA is working hard to improve training accessibility for all families.

Beginning September 1, 2015, in addition to offering trainings in our traditional locations, IFAPA will begin holding trainings in 11 “hub” communities. Trainings in these communities will be two hours in length and offered one time per quarter (opportunity to attend eight hours of training per calendar year). We invite you to see our SUMMER TRAINING BROCHURE for upcoming dates and locations.


Health Coverage for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Expanded Medicaid for Independent Young Adults (E-MIYA)

The purpose of Expanded Medicaid for Independent Young Adults (E-MIYA) program is to provide continued health coverage to young adults transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

E-MIYA Eligibility Definitions - E-MIYA currently provides Medicaid coverage to eligible youth who are:
• Living in Iowa,
• Under age 26,
• Who were in an Iowa foster care placement and receiving Iowa Medicaid when they turned age 18.

Youth covered under the E-MIYA program receive physical, dental, and mental health coverage. Youth covered by the E-MIYA program receive covered services through existing Medicaid provider networks. For this program annual eligibility determination is required. If you are exiting foster care, your case manager will assist ensuring your health care coverage continues. If you find you do not have coverage, you may apply via an application on the DHS website. APPLY HERE




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