Friends of Children in Foster Care Program

The Friends of Children in Foster Care Program helps children in foster care receive funds in order to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as obtaining music instruments, senior pictures or attending prom, swimming lessons or summer camp.


Who is Eligible to Receive to Funding?

Funding is available only for children currently in Iowa’s foster care system. Children placed in pre-adoptive homes or who have been adopted are not eligible for Friends grants.


What Type of Items Will the Friends Program Fund?

Please view our application below for a list of items that are covered and not covered by this program.


How to Apply for a Friends Grant?

To be considered for Friends funding, please complete an application and send it along with copies of receipts/invoices to the address listed below. Applications that are received without receipts/invoices cannot be processed. Please allow at least 10 business days for applications to be reviewed. You will be notified in writing of the decision by IFAPA staff. Decisions will be made on an individual basis. The maximum grant request limit is $200 per child per year. IFAPA’s fiscal year runs July 1 - June 30.





If you have a question concerning an application, please call 800-277-8145 ext. 4 or send an e-mail to

Applications can be mailed to:
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association
6864 NE 14th Street, Suite 5
Ankeny, IA 50023


How is this program funded?

All of the funding for the Friends of Children in Foster Care program comes from community grants and personal contributions. MAKE A CONTRIBUTION

IFAPA T-Shirt Fundraiser

IFAPA has created a t-shirt to represent all of the great families in Iowa that make a difference in the lives of children currently or formerly in foster care. All of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will help IFAPA’s Friends of Children in Foster Care program which is solely funded by community grants, personal donations and IFAPA fundraisers. For more details on the shirts, click here.

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Order shirts with a check or money order



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