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 and map 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
Linda Dodson
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Toll-free: 888-491-3455
Des Moines area: 515-953-0515
Adair, Jasper, Madison, & Polk (only zip codes: 50009, 50035, 50073, 50169, 50237, 50301, 50305, 50312, 50313, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50317, 50320, 50321, 50327)
Sandra Dollen
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Toll-free: 855-526-2116
Mineola area: 712-526-2116
Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Guthrie, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby & Taylor
Kim Edwards
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Toll-free: 877-845-4348
Sperry area: 319-985-2213
Cedar, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren & Washington
Cheryl Ellis
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Toll-free: 855-660-6350
Cherokee area: 712-225-6350
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)
Vickie Janssen
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Toll-free: 877-70-IFAPA
Des Moines area: 515-279-0060
Dallas, Warren & Polk (only zip codes: 50021, 50023, 50109, 50111, 50131, 50226, 50263, 50265, 50266, 50310, 50311, 50322, 50323, 50325)
Christie McGuire
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Toll-free: 855-929-2005
Ventura area: 641-829-2005
Boone, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Mitchell, Story, Winnebago, Worth & Wright
Janet Rorholm
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Toll-free: 855-200-4168
Cedar Rapids area: 319-200-4168
Johnson & Linn
Dianna Seedorff
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Toll-free: 888-622-4521
Waterloo area: 319-235-2534
Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Grundy, Marshall & Tama
John Smith
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Toll-free: 877-305-3396
Lake View area: 712-665-4011
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)
Nancy Staton
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Toll-free: 888-934-3481
Quasqueton area: 319-934-3481
Allamakee, Buchanan, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jones & Winneshiek
Candice York
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Toll-free: 888-299-4486
Ottumwa area: 641-226-6227
Adams, Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Iowa, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Union, Wapello & Wayne

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