Additional Resources for Foster Parents

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

Foster Parent Handbook, DHS Forms, etc.

DHS is responsible for approving families to become foster and adoptive families. They are also responsible for the selection of approved families for placement of Iowa's foster and adoptive children. IFAPA has created links to a variety of DHS publications and forms for Iowa's foster parents.

Agreement and Consent for School Activities (470-4538)
(Instructions for the Agreement and Consent for School Activities)

DHS Check Payment Codes


DHS Foster Parent Handbook


DHS Foster Family Home Licensing Manual
(includes many licensing/re-licensing forms)

Family Case Plan (470-3453)


Foster Care Clothing Allowance Form (470-1952)


Foster Child Behavioral Assessment (470-4401)

(Instructions for Foster Child Behavioral Assessment)

Foster Child Medication History Form


Foster Care Respite Information Sheet


Foster Family Placement Contract (470-0716)


Foster Parent Evaluation & Training Plan (470-3341)

Foster Parent Training Application (470-2541)
- PDF

Foster Parent Training Application (470-2541) - WORD DOC (can complete electronically)

Foster Parent Training History (470-2080)


Foster Parent Training Report (470-2540)
 - PDF

Foster Parent Training Report (470-2540)
 - WORD DOC (can complete electronically)

Guide for Mandatory Reporters


Info Regarding Foster Children Driving

Iowa's Blue Print for Permanency

Iowa Map of DHS Service Area Breakdown


Medicaid Reimbursement for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (TMS)

Medication Management Booklet


Physical Record Form(470-0580)


Report of Suspected Child Abuse Form(470-0665)

Resource Family Tip Sheet on Workers and Their Roles

Vehicle & Home Insurance & Liability

 

DHS Foster Family Care Daily Rates

The following chart is a payment schedule of possible monthly payments including basic maintenance and difficulty-of-care Levels 1, 2 & 3. A basic maintenance payment is the daily reimbursement paid to foster parents for providing basic family foster care. The basic rate is intended to reimburse the foster family for food, clothing, shelter, school expenses, grooming, ordinary transportation, recreation, and transportation appropriate for the child's age.

Foster Parent Daily Rates (effective July 1, 2013)
Age of Child Basic
Daily Rate
Basic +
Level 1 ($4.81)
Basic +
Level 2 ($9.62)
Basic +
Level 3 ($14.44)
0-5 years $16.78 $21.59 $26.40 $31.22
6-11 years $17.45 $22.26 $27.07 $31.89
12-15 years $19.10 $23.91 $28.72 $33.54
16-20 years $19.35 $24.16 $28.97 $33.79


DHS Foster Care Maintenance & Adoption Subsidy Payment Schedule
(July 2013 - July 2014 payment schedule)

 

Accepting a Foster Placement  

Pre-Placement Questionnaire for Foster Parents

 

Transitioning a Child into Your Home

Foster Care Youth Rights & Responsibilities
Top 10 Things Foster Parents Can Do to Help Transition a Foster Child into Your Home
Checklist of Things to Discuss When a Foster Child Enters Your Home
Creating a Welcome Book
Questions Kids Want Answers for When Entering Foster Care
Resource Family Profile Form (Family Introduction Form)
All About Me Form (Foster Child Introduction Form)
Celebrate Me Form (All About the Foster Child)

 

Court Hearings

Foster Parents and the Courts booklet
Going to Court - A Guide for Iowa's Young Children
Iowa Handbook on Juvenile Courts for Parents
Participating in Juvenile Court Hearings - Iowa Foster Parent Handbook
What Do Judges Want? article - by Judge Constance Cohen, 5th District
CIP Child Court Report Form
CIP Foster Parent Court Report Form
Iowa Children's Justice - Newsletters

 

Support for Foster Parents

IFAPA Peer Liaisons
IFAPA Resource Information Specialists
Foster & Adoptive Therapists
Support Groups
F.A.I.R. - Foster Allegation Information Resource
Iowa KidsNet Workers

 

Support for Foster Youth

Friends of Children in Foster Care
AMP

 

Children's Books

Foster Care & Adoption-Friendly Children's Books

 

Clothing Closets that Serve Foster Families

Families Helping Families—Cedar Rapids
3516 Center Point Rd NE Cedar Rapids
319-294-9706
mollyg@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
www.familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
Contact person: Molly Gansen
Clothing closet hours:  Wed 10-12 pm, Fri 10-12 pm, Sunday 1-3 pm
Items available: clothing (preemie to adult), blankets, diapers, baby equipment, toys, new socks and underwear, prom dresses, back packs and shoes.

The Closet (Children's Square) - Council Bluffs
Lemen Visitor Center - 500 N. 7th Street (located in the basement)
Hours: The Closet is staffed by volunteers on Wednesdays and other times by appointment.
712-325-5868
jshaw@childrenssquare.org
Contact Person: Joette Shaw
Items available: clothing (infant to adult), toys, books, videos, suitcases and miscellaneous other items.

Al Yad, Inc. (Assisting Life to Youth with Adverse Demands)—Mason City
22 North Georgia, Mason City
641-201-0180 - Call to make an appointment
info@alyad.org
http://www.alyad.org
Contact Person: Corinne Sills
Items available: clothing (infant to teen), shoes, coats, diapers, pull-ups, bottles and more. A library is available for foster parents to borrow larger furniture items for children of all ages such as cribs, twin beds, car seats, toddler beds, swings, bassinets, highchairs, strollers and more. Toys, music instruments and items for youth aging out of foster care are also available.

Dropz of Hope—Pleasant Hill
5299 E. University Ave, Pleasant Hill
515-681-5624 - Call to set up an appointment.
dropofhope@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/60353322107/
Contact person: Angela Albers
Items available: clothing (infants to teens), back packs, school supplies, coats, winter gear, diapers, baby equipment and various other items upon donation.

For Kids’ Sake—West Des Moines
Ashworth Road Baptist Church, 5300 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
515-657-7771 - Families can call and set up a meeting time at the closet.
https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsSakeDSM
Items available: clothing, diapers, sports equipment, prom dresses, bottles, car seats, baby equipment, toys, etc.

 

Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers

Important Phone Numbers for Foster Families Form
Local Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers
Iowa Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers
National Crisis / Referral Help Phone Numbers

 

Insurance

Foster Home Insurance Fund

 

Publications for Foster Parents

Foster Parents and the Courts - A Guide for Foster Parents on Being an Effective Advocate in Court for Children in Foster Care
Confidetiality: A Guide for Foster Parents
Resource Parents Partnering with Birth Parent to Benefit Children
Raising Relative's Children
Completing the Circle - Uncovering, Discovering & Creating Connections for Your Foster and Adoptive Children

Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption
The Child Abuse Assessment
IFAPA Lifebook Pages
IFAPA Newsletters
View other IFAPA Publications

 

Education

Education of Foster Children in Iowa
Adoption Basics for Educators-How Adoption Impacts Children & How Educators Can Help

 

Transitioning Youth to Adulthood

For a list of resources to assist youth aging out of the foster care system, check out our webpage Transitioning Youth to Adulthood.

 

National Foster Care Links

National Foster Parent Association - www.nfpainc.org
Child Welfare Information Gateway - https://www.childwelfare.gov/outofhome/foster_care/
Casey Family Programs - www.casey.org
Kids Are Waiting: Fix Foster Care Now - www.kidsarewaiting.org
National Foster Care Month (May) - www.fostercaremonth.org
Annie E. Casey Foundation - www.aecf.org
Child Welfare League of America - www.cwla.org
National CASA Association - www.nationalcasa.org


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