Peer Liaisons

What is a Peer Liaison?

IFAPA employs 11 Peer Liaisons across Iowa who mentor foster families and provide peer-to-peer support. IFAPA Peer Liaisons are established foster parents who have experience dealing with many of the same issues facing other foster families. They are trained to help empower foster families to advocate for the best interests of the children in their care and promote best practice. The Peer Liaisons will assist families in understanding DHS Child Welfare initiatives including: forming partnerships with birth families, maintain sibling connections and connections to a child’s culture, and participating in family interactions. They are knowledgeable about DHS policies and practices and can assist foster families to identify and address training needs.

Peer Liaisons will initiate contact with all newly licensed resource families to welcome them to foster care, to explain IFAPA’s programs and services, and to respond to a family’s questions or concerns. They can answer questions regarding:

If they do not know the answer to a question, they will help find the needed information. IFAPA Peer Liaisons will maintain confidentiality at all times.

IFAPA Peer Liaisons work part-time and each serve 200-250 families in their area. It may be necessary to leave a message, but all calls and emails will be returned timely.

DID YOU KNOW? IFAPA's Peer Liaisons and Resource Information Specialists provide support (phone, e-mail & face-to-face contact) to an average of 2,000 foster, adoptive and kinship parents each month?

 

Who is My Peer Liaison?

Use the following chart to find your Peer Liaison. Each Liaison is responsible for working with the families living in their assigned counties.

 

IFAPA Peer Liaisons
Name of Liaison Contact Information Counties Covered by Liaison Monthly
Newsletters
Sandra Dollen
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
855-526-2116
Mineola area:
712-526-2116
Email:
sdollen@ifapa.org
Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Guthrie, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby & Taylor July 2015
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Kim Edwards
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
877-845-4348
Sperry area:
319-985-2213
Email:
kedwards@ifapa.org
Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine,Scott, Van Buren & Washington
Dec. 2014
Oct. 2014

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July 2014
Michelle Johnson
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
844-627-8303
Des Moines area:
515-619-9927
Email:
mjohnson@ifapa.org
Adair,Adams, Madison, Ringgold, Union, Warren & Polk (only zip codes: 50009, 50035, 50073, 50169, 50237, 50301, 50305, 50312, 50313, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50317, 50320, 50321, 50327)  
Jerilyn Kendig
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
844-256-5328
Des Moines area:
515-277-0330
Email: jkendig@ifapa.org
Dallas & Polk (only zip codes: 50021, 50023, 50109, 50111, 50131, 50226, 50263, 50265, 50266, 50310, 50311, 50322, 50323, 50325) Aug. 2015
July 2015
Christie McGuire
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
855-929-2005
Ventura area:
641-829-2005
Email:
cmcguire@ifapa.org
Boone, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Mitchell, Story, Winnebago, Worth & Wright Aug. 2015
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Janet Rorholm
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
855-200-4168
Cedar Rapids area:
319-200-4168
Email:
jrorholm@ifapa.org
Johnson & Linn Mar. 2015
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John Smith
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
877-305-3396
Lake View area:
712-665-4011
Email:
jsmith@ifapa.org
Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Humboldt, Ida, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster & Woodbury (only zip codes: 51004, 51007, 51019, 51025, 51026, 51034, 51052, 51054, 51055, 51105, 51106) June 2015
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July 2014
Nancy Staton
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
888-934-3481
Quasqueton area:
319-934-3481
Email:
nstaton@ifapa.org
Allamakee, Buchanan, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jones & Winneshiek  
Gwen Timmerman
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
844-335-9746
Waterloo area:
319-883-3594
Email:
gtimmerman@ifapa.org
Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Grundy, Marshall & Tama  
Tina Vande Kamp
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
844-451-6813
Rock Valley area:
712-451-6813
Email:
tvandekamp@ifapa.org
Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sioux & Woodbury (only zip codes: 51016, 51030, 51039, 51048, 51103, 51104, 51108, 51109) June 2015
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Candice York
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
888-299-4486
Ottumwa area:
641-226-6227
Email:
cyork@ifapa.org
Appanoose, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Iowa, Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello & Wayne
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