IFAPA - A Resource for Iowa’s Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Families

The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association is a non-profit organization serving as a resource to foster, adoptive and kinship families in Iowa. Membership with IFAPA is free for Iowa's foster, adoptive and kinship families. IFAPA provides training, peer support and resources to promote safety, permanency and well-being for Iowa’s children. Read more

IFAPA Workshops for Foster & Adoptive Parents & Workers


Real Help for Attachment
Cedar Rapids, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Connect the Dots: Emotions to Behaviors
Fort Dodge, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and
Listen So Kids Will Talk

Fort Dodge, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

Sioux City, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

CPR & First Aid
Sioux City, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST $50)


CPR & First Aid
Ankeny, 8am-12:15pm (COST $50)

PTSD in Children and Teens
Cedar Rapids, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Developing Emotional/Social Competency in Challenging Infants and Toddler
Council Bluffs, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Trauma: An Insider's Perspective
Council Bluffs, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Cultivating Spirituality in Foster Youth (Even When It's Different from Your Own)
Davenport, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Bullying - What's a Parent to Do?
Davenport, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

L.E.A.N. Start -
Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition

Ottumwa, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

CPR & First Aid
Waverly, 8am-12:15pm (COST $50)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

Waverly, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

To register for one of the above classes,
call 800-277-8145 ext. 1 or register here.
* Classes also approved for SW CEUs

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Current News


Have You Used Your Five Days of Adoption Respite?

Last Chance to Use Adoption Respite!
Each adopted child who receives a subsidy is eligible to receive five days
of respite care per fiscal year at $17 per day. The current fiscal year for
the Adoption Respite Program runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
All respite days must be used during these dates and the form must be
submitted no later than Friday, July 11, 2014.

Adoption Respite Program Changes
Starting July 1, 2014, the adoption respite daily payment will increase from $17 per day to $20 per day. Families will continue to receive five days per fiscal year. After respite services have been provided, adoptive parents have typically been able to complete the adoption respite billing form electronically and submit through IFAPA’s website. Starting July 1, 2014,
IFAPA will only be able to collect paper copies of the Adoption Respite Billing Form and the forms must contain original signatures from the adoptive parent and the respite provider. Sudsidized adoptive families living out-of-state will no longer be eligible for the five days of adoption respite.




  • IFAPA’s summer edition of our News and
    Views newsletter is now available to view online. Highlights include:
    - DHS Payment Schedule for Families
    - Expanded Medicaid for Young Adults
    - Intentional Parenting
    - Waiting Child Spotlight
    - IFAPA's Fall Conference
    - IFAPA's Adventureland Fun Day
    - Two Critical Things Biological Children
    Need to Hear from You (Their Parents)




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