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 provides support to families living in their assigned counties.

VIEW OUR LIAISON MAP
VIEW OUR FULL PEER LIAISON CONTACT LIST (INCLUDING PHOTOS)

 

IFAPA Peer Liaisons
Name of Liaison Contact Information Counties Covered by Liaison Monthly
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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 Nov. 2016
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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) Nov. 2016
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Jerilyn Kendig
view bio & photo
Cell:
515-480-2609
Email: jkendig@ifapa.org
Dallas & Polk (only zip codes: 50021, 50023, 50109, 50111, 50131, 50226, 50263, 50265, 50266, 50310, 50311, 50322, 50323, 50325) Nov. 2016
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Jessica Leal
view bio & photo
Cell:
563--581-1119
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jleal@ifapa.org
Allamakee, Buchanan, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jackson & Winneshiek Nov. 2016
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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 Nov. 2016
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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 Oct. 2016
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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) Nov. 2016
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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 Nov. 2016
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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) Nov. 2016
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Kelli Vermeer
view bio & photo
Toll-free:
844-316-8391
Bettendorf area:
563-888-1313
Email:
kvermeer@ifapa.org
Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren & Washington Nov. 2016
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Candice York
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Toll-free:
888-299-4486
Ottumwa area:
641-226-6227
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cyork@ifapa.org
Appanoose, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Iowa, Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello & Wayne
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