IFAPA Conferences

IFAPA hosts a spring and fall training conference every year for foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and social workers. All of our conference trainings are approved for foster parent credit and many are also approved for social work CEUs. Families/social workers have the option to attend the full-conference or may choose to attend only Friday or Saturday. Our conferences offers many great training opportunities you cannot find anywhere else!

IFAPA's Fall Conference

Friday & Saturday, October 17-18, 2014
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center (205 West 4th Street, Waterloo)

View Waterloo / Cedar Falls Visitors Guide

Fall Conference Workshops
The following workshop topics will be offered at our Fall Conference. Additional workshop topics will be added soon.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Attachment - What It Is and How Do We Make It Happen
CPR & First Aid
I Like This Child, But What About Those Behaviors
Managing Multiple Diagnoses
Managing Your Child's Behavior
Medical Trauma
Navigating the Social World
Organizing Caregiver Paperwork

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Answering the Tough Questions (talking with kids about growing up)
Childhood Depression and Suicide
CPR & First Aid
Hope for Healing for Children with Attachment Disorders
How to Deal with the What Ifs: Anxiety Disorders
ODD in Kids and Teens
Parenting the Parent
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
Schools and Attachment
Working with Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused or Who Are Sexual Perpetrators

IFAPA's Spring Conference

Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2015
Adventureland Inn (3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona)

Check back in December 2014 for additional details on our spring conference.


IFAPA is seeking proposals from presenters for our Spring 2015 Conference. This two-day conference will bring together 300-350 foster, adoptive and kinship parents as well as human services professionals from across Iowa with the goal of learning ways to best care for and support children in foster care as well as children who have been adopted.

Break-out sessions will be two hours in length and a presenter is welcome to submit proposals for up to three sessions each day. IFAPA covers training fees and expenses, however operates on a tight budget so please keep this in mind when providing your suggested fee. Break-out session proposals are due to Hiliary Burns, IFAPA Training Coordinator by Friday, August 8, 2014 and can be emailed to hburns@ifapa.org.




















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