IFAPA's Educational Forums -
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
- CEDAR RAPIDS - Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20, 2013
(8:30am-5:00pm) Best Western Longbranch - 90 Twixt Town Road
Registration deadline for the Cedar Rapids forum is Friday, July 5th.
- DES MOINES - Friday & Saturday, August 2 & 3, 2013
(8:30am-5:00pm) Polk County DHS River Place - 2309 Euclid Ave
Registration deadline for the Des Moines forum is Friday, July 19th.
Worth 14 hours of foster parent credit
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS OF THE EDUCATIONAL FORUM. CERTIFCATES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED TO PARTICIPANTS UNTIL THE SECOND DAY. NO PARTIAL CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
For parents: $15 per person (includes attendance to forum and lunch for both days). For social workers: $40 per person (includes the cost of lunch for both days as well as CEU fees).
Funding for this project was provided by a generous grant from the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation as well as the Iowa Department of Human services through its contract with Magellan Health Services for Iowa Plan for Behavioral Health Medicaid Community Reinvestment funding.
2013 IFAPA Appreciation Day at Adventureland
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Adventureland Park - Altoona, IA
Upcoming IFAPA Trainings
IFAPA offers a variety of training opportunities for foster, adoptive and kinship families. To learn more about these trainings, click here.
"Meet the Worker" Adoption Meet and Greet
- IOWA CITY - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 VIEW FLYER
(Noon-2pm) Johnson Co. DHS - 2nd Floor, Rm 203-C (855 S. Dubuque St - Ste 102)
Families interested in adoption are invited for a networking lunch. Families will have an opportunity to meet adoption workers and hear more about children who are waiting for an adoptive family. A free lunch will be provided by Texas Roadhouse. RSVP by May 17 to Lana Kelsey at 319-431-4250 or email@example.com.
One Simple Wish's "Miles of Smiles Tour
- WAVERLY - Thursday, May 23, 2013 VIEW FLYER
(4pm to 7pm) Vineyard Community Church (319 West Bremer Ave)
One Simple Wish’s
“Miles of Smiles” Tour is
coming to Waverly!!
One Simple Wish is traveling to 7 cities in 6 states
to distribute toys and games to children in
foster care in celebration of
National Foster Care Month.
ALL foster families are invited!
EVERY child and youth (birth to age 18) will receive a toy or game compliments of
Hasbro and One Simple Wish. There will be subs, chips, salads, cookies and drinks for everyone! You can come and go to this event as your schedule allows. Please RSVP number attending PLUS the age and gender of children by 5/18 to 877-467-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. One Simple Wish grants simple wishes to children and families in need. More info at www.onesimplewish.org.
Foster/Adopt Family Appreciation Event
- DES MOINES - Thursday, May 30, 2013 VIEW FLYER
(5pm-8pm) New Hope United Methodist Church - 4525 Beaver Drive
Family outing with games, food, beverages and a movie. RSVP by May 24th to your IKN Renewal/Support Worker.
Appreciation Picnic for Foster/Adoptive Families
- BURLINGTON - Sunday, June 2, 2013 VIEW FLYER
(4:30pm-7:30pm) Perkins Park Shelterhouse
Join us for a potluck picnic with time for socializing with new families and fun for the kids. Hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and table service will be provided. Families are asked to bring a side dish to share. RSVP by Wednesday, May 29 to Kim Edwards at 877-845-4348.
Share My Smile Children's Festival
- COUNCIL BLUFFS - Saturday, June 8, 2013
(11:30am-2pm) YMCA Fields across from Bluffs Run - 23rd Ave
The first two hours are exclusively for foster and adoptive parents (free admission) with a meal to be served at noon and one hour of training credit. The festival offers bouncey houses, live entertainment and more. For more info, contact Sandra Dollen at 855-526-2116.
Power Through Choices 2013
- AMES - June 3-7, 2013 VIEW FLYER
(9:30am-2:30pm) Family Life Center (125 South 3rd Street) Cleasby Conference Room
- DES MOINES - June 17-21, 2013 VIEW FLYER
(9:30am-2:30pm) Polk County DHS Riverplace - 2309 Euclid, Room 3
Power Through Choices (PTC) is a 10-session prevention curriculum for adolescents, ages 13-18,
living in out-of-home care. It has two main themes: self-empowerment and the impact of
choices on an individual’s future. It is designed to help youth prevent pregnancy, HIV, and other
sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The curriculum’s goal is to provide youth with specific information and skills to help them avoid
risk-taking sexual behavior and reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy, HIV, and other
STIs. Curriculum objectives are to enable the participants to:
1. Develop and practice effective communication skills;
2. Make healthy, positive choices;
3. Build contraceptive knowledge and skills; and
4. Learn how to access available resources.
Light Breakfast & Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending the Power Through Choices program, please contact PTC facilitator Kaylie Engelen, APP, BSN at: email@example.com or 515-298-0115. To sign up, please email the youth’s name and contact information.
- MASON CITY - Friday, June 28, 2013
Families can come have fun, splash around and maybe even win a prize. Snacks and beverages will be provided. The pool party will take place at the Mason City Aquatic Center from 8:30pm to 10pm. This is provided by DHS, IKN, IFAPA, and Al YAD.
To learn about other foster and adoptive events happening in Iowa, visit the events section of the Iowa KidsNet website.