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 Grieving Process:
How to Help You and Your Kids Heal

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

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter
Council Bluffs, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

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


Utilizing the Nurtured Heart Approach
in Helping Children with
Challenging Behaviors

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

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter
Cedar Rapids, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

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

ACT on Your Stress:
Stress Management for Foster and Adoptive Parents Using Acceptance
and Commitment Training

Sioux City, 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


November is National Adoption Month

IFAPA wants to recognize and thank all the wonderful families who have given Iowa’s children a permanent home. Your dedication and steadfast support for children is appreciated.

IFAPA recognizes that whether you have adopted from foster care or privately (both domestically and internationally), you are often not fully aware of your child’s neonatal, developmental or environmental histories. As a result, you face a special set of circumstances when parenting your child. No matter the type of adoption, living in Iowa means you are eligible to utilize any of IFAPA’s trainings, resources and support!

Take advantage of using your five days of ADOPTION RESPITE per fiscal year (for Subsidized Adoptions)

Contact our RESOURCE INFORMATION SPECIALIST for resources and support.

Check out our ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS page to find articles and videos about building connections with your child, parenting challenging children, discussing adoption with your child, parenting transracially, understanding children exposed to trauma and more.

Print our free LIFEBOOK PAGES and help document your child’s history and celebrate their accomplishments.

View our ADOPTION SUBSIDY resource booklet as a reference guide after placement.

Attend a SUPPORT GROUP and meet other parents like you.


Does Your Foster Teen Need $500 for Activities?


IFAPA has received special money from Chaffee Funds for teens (age 14 and older) in foster care that can only be requested through June 30, 2017. This special grant can be accessed through
IFAPA's Friends of Children in Foster Care Program. These grants will be available for up to $500 per youth. This funding is for all teens (14 years and older) in a foster care placement including shelter, foster family homes, group care, & supervised apartment living. To apply for this special funding, please complete a FRIENDS APPLICATION.







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